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Offline zatexnz

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Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
« on: March 20, 2007, 06:27:08 am »
The following information is what I got off a  USA shipper's site

New Zealand

Documents Required

    * Passport (original)
    * Residence Visa
    * Proof of Residence
    * 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)
    * Proof of Employment
    * Proof of transfer of funds to New Zealand

Customs Regulations


    * CUSTOMER MUST BE IN THE COUNTRY AT THE TIME OF CUSTOMS CLEARANCE
    * Used household goods (including furniture and electrical appliances) and personal effects are duty-free provided:
          o The customer intends to be a permanent resident
          o The customer has lived outside New Zealand for 21 months and has owned and used the goods prior to departure to New Zealand
          o Goods are for their own personal use
    * If shipments are forwarded to New Zealand prior to customer's arrival, Customs will require a SIGHT ENTRY. Customs will inspect the shipment and require a Customs duty deposit on the insured value, until customer can provide proof of entry to New Zealand, at which time the deposit will be refunded.
    * Importation of household goods from deceased estates will be accepted free of duty provided a copy of the Death Certificate and Will are provided
    * Fumigation of shipment may be required
    * Charges for this service will be for the Customer's account
    * Shipments may require inspection by Quarantine however, this requirement is only made known during the clearance procedure
    * Charges for this service will be for the Customer’s account

Dutiable / 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
          o Must be packed separately, individually listed on the inventory, and stowed at the front of the container for easy access
          o Shipper 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
          o Small firearms/pistols are not permitted unless client will register with a gun club. Semi-automatic military type firearms are not allowed.
          o Arms Permit/Registration Certificate detailing make, model, and serial numbers are required
    * Agricultural regulations apply to the following items:
          o Food of any kind
          o Biological specimens
          o Plants or animals (alive or dead) or their products
          o Equipment used with animals
    * The following items must be thoroughly cleaned prior to importation:
          o Garden tools/implements, tents, vacuum cleaners, basketware, bicycles, outdoor sports equipment, feather, fur or skin products, etc. (CLOSELY INSPECTED)
          o Bamboo, cane or rattan, regardless of origin will be inspected and only if infested, will be fumigated
          o 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)

Motor Vehicles


    * CUSTOMER 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:
          o Provide make, model, year, and current value
          o Passport
          o Certificate of steam cleaning
          o Valid Drivers License
          o Original Bill of Sale (showing purchase price and date)
          o Insurance and Registration Certificate (to prove the length of ownership)
          o Log Book, service book or repair accounts (showing further proof of the length of ownership)

Pets


    * 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.


The above information is a brief summary of customs regulations applicable to household goods shipments to this destination and is being provided for general guidance to assist our Agents and Customers.
Since such regulations are subject to change without notice, Stevens International cannot be held liable for any costs, damage, delays, or other detrimental events resulting from non-compliance.
Always double check with your local embassy or consulate as Customs regulations are subject to change at any time.
lekker sweet as, y'all
~ Colleen

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Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2007, 10:49:58 am »
Thanks Colleen, comprehensive

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Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2007, 07:34:03 am »
How about copied movies and cd's????
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Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2007, 07:39:08 am »
I had copied CDs. No one checked me.

if you did it for private use would be ok.

be a problem if u wanted to brings lots in and sell them

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Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2007, 07:47:21 am »
I had copied CDs. No one checked me.

if you did it for private use would be ok.

be a problem if u wanted to brings lots in and sell them

No they all for private use. I have a huge collection of kiddies movies that i have copied from friends.

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Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2007, 11:12:33 am »
Thanks Colleen I am busy on sorting what stays and what strays and this helps allot.

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Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
« Reply #6 on: May 09, 2007, 02:10:15 pm »
I have a priceless family heirloom that needs to go with me. The problem is that its a 40 yr old pellet gun. It has extreme sentimental value to me as i inherited it from my late father.
Does it stay or can it go?
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Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
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Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2007, 04:54:44 pm »
Rodz, my neighbour was in exactly the same position and it became an andless battle for him to get permission to take it with because NZ need clearance from SA before issuing an entry permit for the gun and SA require an entry permit from NZ before issuing a clearance certificate. He eventually came right, but it was a hell of a struggle. Maybe you are luckier than him.

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Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2007, 05:24:04 pm »
Any one know about wooden model ships.  Build ones (waxed not varnished) and unbuilt ones still in boxes.?

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Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
« Reply #9 on: May 09, 2007, 07:51:35 pm »
If they are clean and have no pests, they are fine. Do however declare them.

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Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
« Reply #10 on: May 09, 2007, 07:59:37 pm »
Thanks will do.

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Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
« Reply #11 on: May 18, 2007, 03:43:30 pm »
zatexnz,
Thanks a lot for all the info on the animals etc. I am still having a huge headache trying to determine the exact specs for animals. Unfortunately we are going to have to leave two dogs behind. Our Shi Tzu Pekinese is just too old (15), to be able to handle the stress, and our 5 year old cross boerboel and bulldog, is just too vicious for the NZ's. He has a wonderful nature, but being used to high walls and constant threat, I doubt we will be able to calm him for NZ life. He is a fantastic guard dog. Regarding our African Grey, I can't seem to find anything that says if she can go or not. The maltese should be fine, as well as the latest little pekinese (seven months old), She got micro chipped and turned into a sports model today. Maybe I'm missing a fair bit, but can't seem to determine the exact requirements. The Agricultural Ministry site seems so vague. is there a recommended co. that we could use for safe passage of our 2 little ones, and maybe the parrot? Where is the quarantine facility? Is there one close to Wellington?

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Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
« Reply #12 on: May 18, 2007, 04:02:55 pm »
Most of your answers are HERE

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Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
« Reply #13 on: June 24, 2007, 11:02:42 am »
Jolene did read this threat ... she wants to know how long will I stay in quarantine .. she already got me tagged .. >:D

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Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
« Reply #14 on: June 25, 2007, 05:23:37 am »
Hmm.....are you sure you're not one of those species that is banned from entering? :whistle: ;D
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