A lot of people have this idea in their head that the shipping process between Australia and New Zealand is going to be drawn out, full of paperwork, and complicated – It really isn’t.

Fortunately, nowadays it’s very simple to move vehicles across to NZ and the documentation is very minimal and easy to gather up.

The exact documentation depends on your personal circumstances, you will generally fall into one of two categories, someone that needs to pay GST, and someone that doesn’t.Information on each below:

1. INDIVIDUAL MOVING TO NEW ZEALAND, LOOKING TO CLAIM THE GST EXEMPTION

 

If you are looking claim the import tax exemption on entry into NZ, then we need to be able to prove both ownership and use of the vehicle for in excess of 12 months in Australia. The below is a list of the ‘ideal’ documentation for the move.

– Purchase invoice from when you bought the vehicle
– Registration certificate
– Photo page of the registered owners passport
– You will also be required to complete a ‘Client code application form’ – https://www.customs.govt.nz/globalassets/documents/forms/nzcs-224-trade-single-window-client-registration-application.doc

That’s it!

If you can’t dig up the above documentation, there are still ways around it.. We can use things like insurance certificates, bank statements showing payments etc to prove that you have owned and used the vehicle for the necessary time. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions on this.

 

2. INDIVIDUAL / COMPANY LOOKING TO SHIP A VEHICLE TO NZ THAT DOES NOT MEET THE TAX EXEMPTION CRITERIA, AND WILL NEED TO PAY GST

 

If you are either someone that has owned a vehicle for less than 12 months or does not meet all of the exemption criteria, someone who has just purchased a vehicle for the purpose of import and sale in NZ or a company that is transferring a vehicle across to NZ then the vehicle will be subject to import GST on arrival in NZ.

GST is calculated at 15% of the vehicles ‘landed’ value, minus any depreciation that may apply.

Depreciation will depend on how long you have owned the vehicle for, more information and depreciation rates on the following link – http://www.customs.govt.nz/inprivate/charges/vehiclecharges/Pages/default.aspx

If you fall into the above category then all we need is the following

– Purchase Invoice for the vehicle
– Photo of the owners passport (if owned by an individual)
– Completed ‘Client code application form’ – https://www.customs.govt.nz/globalassets/documents/forms/nzcs-224-trade-single-window-client-registration-application.doc

That’s it!