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Customs Procedure for Moving Household Goods in to New Zealand
Generally owned and used household goods and personal effects (clothing, jewellery, etc.) being personal property are admitted duty / GST free provided client: 
Is coming to New Zealand intending to take up permanent residence (and has been granted residency status) or is on a Work Permit for at least 12 months. Is a returning New Zealand resident having lived outside of New Zealand at least 21 months (or provide documentary proof that the consignment was shipped from New Zealand). 

Documents Required

Original Passport 
Residence Visa 
Inventory, stating contents of cartons in detail (all items marked "PBO" - packed by owner and "misc." - miscellaneous are subject to inspection) 
Customs Declaration (customer must be in country to complete prior to shipment arrival) 
Employment Pass
Proof of transfer of funds to New Zealand 


Owner must attend customs clearance interview. Including motorcycles and motor scooters 
Any person taking up permanent residence for the first time can import one vehicle exempt from needing an import license duty and GST free provided the vehicle has been owned for one year prior to departure to New Zealand, will not be sold for two years and is for the Customer's own personal use and not for sale, gift or disposal in any other way 
New Zealand citizens will be required to pay Customs duty and tax on all vehicles imported (GST -Goods & Services Tax ) 
Customer and spouse may each import one vehicle as long as each holds a valid drivers license and can provide evidence of personal ownership and use of the vehicle 
Vehicles must comply with New Zealand ministry of transport vehicle Standard regulations 
Restrictions apply to importation of left-hand drive vehicles. Before shipping you must obtain written approval to import from the Ministry of Transport. 
Loading vehicle in container with household goods not advisable (any problems with release by Customs or Quarantine will delay delivery of both household goods and auto) 
All vehicles must be steam cleaned and spotless before shipping (certificate required on arrival) 
Documents required: 
Provide make, model, year, and current value 
Certificate of steam cleaning 
Valid Drivers License 
Original Bill of Sale (showing purchase price and date) 
Insurance and Registration Certificate (to prove the length of ownership) 
Log Book, service book or repair accounts (showing further proof of the length of ownership). 

Restricted Items
New items, Alcoholic beverages and tobacco products. If as part of normal household contents or part of a collector's cellar will normally be imported on a duty and tax free basis, providing client is first time immigrant or a returning New Zealand resident after 21 months overseas. Radio transmitting equipment may not comply with New Zealand radio frequency service. Firearms and ammunition strictly controlled and a Police Permit is required 
Must be packed separately, individually listed on the inventory, and stowed at the front of the container for easy access 
Owner must contact the New Zealand Police Department upon arrival to obtain permits as New Zealand Customs will not give clearance of the total shipment until documentation is received from the police 
Small firearms/pistols are not permitted unless client will register with a gun club. Semi-automatic military type firearms are not allowed. 
Arms Permit/Registration Certificate detailing make, model, and serial numbers are required 
Agricultural regulations apply to the following items: 
Food of any kind 
Biological specimens 
Plants or animals (alive or dead) or their products 
Equipment used with animals 
The following items must be thoroughly cleaned prior to importation: 
Garden tools/implements, tents, vacuum cleaners, basketware, bicycles, outdoor sports equipment, feather, fur or skin products, etc. Bamboo, cane or rattan, regardless of origin will be inspected and only if infested, will be fumigated 
Wood used for crating must be free of bark, insect and fungal attack. Timber Certificate must be sent with documents. 
All items of agricultural, animal or food origin, or use must be clearly identified and loaded for easy access for inspection. Please note: Agricultural Inspection may take up to two days, with fumigation another seven days. 
If full container, quarantine inspection will take place at residence 

Prohibited Items
Canned or dried meat, spices, honey, dairy and egg products or bee keeping equipment, Flick knives, swordsticks and knuckledusters, Drugs (medicine must be accompanied by a doctor's prescription and be carried in the original container), Pornographic material (subject to seizure). 

Live Animals and Plants
Prohibition and restrictions on the import of domestic pets such as dogs and cats apply and are strictly enforced. Details and requirements must be obtained from the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries

Disclaimer: This information is intended for general guidance and all users are allowed to reproduce this information. cannot however take responsibility for any errors, additions, omissions or for any loss or damage that may occur from its use. As such it is advisable to contact the nearest customs office or the moving company you select for your move to New Zealand for full and current information prior to importation/relocation.