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Title: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: zatexnz on March 20, 2007, 06:27:08 am
The following information is what I got off a  USA shipper's (http://www.stevensworldwide.com/default.asp?action=document&id=158) 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.
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: Nolan on March 20, 2007, 10:49:58 am
Thanks Colleen, comprehensive
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: rodz on April 29, 2007, 07:34:03 am
How about copied movies and cd's????
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: brad77 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
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: rodz 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.

Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: Badprop on May 01, 2007, 11:12:33 am
Thanks Colleen I am busy on sorting what stays and what strays and this helps allot.
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: rodz 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?
Thanx
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: Nolan 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.
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: Badprop 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.?
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: Nolan on May 09, 2007, 07:51:35 pm
If they are clean and have no pests, they are fine. Do however declare them.
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: Badprop on May 09, 2007, 07:59:37 pm
Thanks will do.
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: robcraig 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?
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: Nolan on May 18, 2007, 04:02:55 pm
Most of your answers are HERE (http://www.sagoingtonz.co.nz/forum/index.php/topic,220.0.html)
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: Johan01 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
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: zatexnz 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
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: Johan01 on June 25, 2007, 07:24:26 am
hopefully not ... after all the trouble to get there? ??? well I'll just play :smart: and be an :angel: and ::) give a :( face and a big ;D and all will be :twothumbs:
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: Badprop on June 25, 2007, 07:38:04 am
Johan I don't think you have any worries getting in.  With a good wash and some fumigation you should be OK :P
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: Johan01 on June 25, 2007, 07:46:42 am
oh yes and ... don't forget the leash
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: Badprop on June 25, 2007, 07:53:17 am
And a chip implant.  Jolien make sure it is Garmen linked.
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: zatexnz on June 25, 2007, 03:17:41 pm
 ;D  Don't forget to wag the tail on entry, Johan!  :2funny:
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: Johan01 on June 25, 2007, 03:18:50 pm
Oh boy and will I be wagging tail when I enter NZ ... that's forsure
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: Badprop on June 25, 2007, 04:06:07 pm
Ja, Ja ,Ja but DON'T mark your territory, it is not advisable.
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: Nolan on June 25, 2007, 08:53:36 pm
 ;D
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: zatexnz on June 25, 2007, 10:53:59 pm
 :2funny:
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: Happy Expat on June 26, 2007, 12:03:29 am
 :2funny:
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: Johan01 on June 28, 2007, 03:58:13 am
By next weekend I will mark the territory .... :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: zatexnz on June 28, 2007, 05:18:13 am
 ;D  I dare you!  Jolene, have the camera ready!  :heeha: >:D
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: Johan01 on June 28, 2007, 11:21:43 am
 :thumbdown: for the camera  :clap: for the marking
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: Badprop on June 28, 2007, 12:44:30 pm
Chicken
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: Nolan on June 28, 2007, 07:31:43 pm
if you can't provide evidence Johan you have to buy everybody a dop when we get there Johan  8)
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: Didi77 on June 29, 2007, 09:27:07 pm
speaking of what you can and can not ship -  :tickedoff:

where is the info on the guns...? I forgot about hubby's arsenal.....
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: MJ on June 29, 2007, 09:28:47 pm
Didi I think you can take guns but you have to have all the correct paperwork and permits.
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: Didi77 on June 29, 2007, 09:35:22 pm
Just the thought of all that extra paperwork......... makes me wanna down my beer.

But you know an man with his toys. Will have to start the process.
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: MJ on June 29, 2007, 09:37:19 pm
Didi just double check- the info is on here somewhere, it is also on the Magna website but I am too tired to find it for you now, must go to bed (yawn)
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: Didi77 on June 29, 2007, 09:42:00 pm
You are right it is late - will start the search tomorrow...... thanks for the chat - sleep well

But then you may.... what with that PR in your pocket! How I envy.....
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: Nolan on June 29, 2007, 09:43:13 pm
Good night Michelle, greetings to the rest of the family. You too Didi.

Didi - it is one heck of a schlep because SA want a NZ entry permit first and NZ want SA clearance before giving an entry permit. My neighbour did it a few months back, I will fire off an email to him to find out how he eventually managed to get his guns out.
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: Didi77 on June 29, 2007, 09:46:13 pm
That will be great - I will have to go that way as we have some rifles that are family heirlooms...... and hubby will not go without.

Appreciated Nolan! Where will I check tomorrow? Here?
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: Didi77 on June 29, 2007, 09:49:37 pm
 :clap: :clap: :clap:

I have just become a j member!!!

Going to celebrate with a Castle on the stoep....... :drunk:

 :heeha:
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: Nolan on June 29, 2007, 09:52:28 pm
I will then probably add the info as a new thread called something like 'importing weapons'

It may not be tomorrow however, depends on when he gets a chance to reply. I will PM you when I add his reply  O0

Quote
I have just become a j member!!!

Congrats  :clap:

obviously warmer by you than here to sit on the stoep, I have the heater under the table to keep warm  ???
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: Didi77 on June 29, 2007, 09:57:42 pm
No it's freezing - I have gloves on..... no heater, and my house is like a block of ice. But the stoep is the traditional place to celebrate.......

Explain PM? Personal message? I will receive it when I log in?
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: Didi77 on June 29, 2007, 09:59:55 pm
Oh and the beer helps. I wonder if NZ has something close to castle..... it is all i drink, for the last 10 years. One thing I will really miss.
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: Nolan on June 29, 2007, 10:02:53 pm
Yes PM is a personal Message, you can see if you have one at the top of the page by your User Info. It says : Hey, Didi77 , you have x messages, y are new.

You can click on the 'x messages' to go to your inbox to read your PM's  O0
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: Didi77 on June 29, 2007, 10:05:26 pm
Thanks! Wil keep an eye out for that.

My sister in NZ also say she has some info - will get it and bring alongto the post for future reference.

I'm off..... my hands are freezing off. Goodnight everyone, sleep well. :sleep:

Thanks for the chat O0
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: zatexnz on June 30, 2007, 04:37:30 am
Jan decided to sell the ones he bought here.  Says he won't need them in NZ.  :)
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: dance on July 01, 2007, 05:40:42 am
mmmm guns - well we are getting rid of ours sure will not need them over there. Didn't like them much here either. One is an old family heirloom - oupa grootjie was General Louis Botha so that one is being donated to the museum.

I know that you cannot take shells with but would that count if they are on clothing? I make a lot of my own clothes and have some great T's that I have used shells as beads on would I have to leave these here?
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: Didi77 on July 01, 2007, 08:59:52 am
Hi dance. I can not think that there will be a problem with used shells. I also have some art I want to take with and when I asked by sending a photo they had no problem with the spent 9mm rounds but they got very excited about the tree seeds... :-\
there is no way I may take any plant material.
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: Johan01 on July 01, 2007, 12:46:35 pm
anything related to nature, you'll have a problem even herbal medicine that you buy over the counter is out. Unless you apply to the minister of agriculture and foresty or some one like that,
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: Nolan on July 02, 2007, 08:07:49 am
You can take them with, but will need to declare them so that MAF can inspect. They may require that they be fumigated, etc.
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: Johan01 on July 02, 2007, 04:17:31 pm
so it is out for my much needed daily medicine ... no witblitz .... and the doc don't want to prescribe it either ...
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: Johan01 on July 08, 2007, 10:57:13 am
Ok HOTNEWS ... Make a list of every thing you're taking exept for your clothes ... Give this list to customs declerations in SA. take your laptop with, it is the only item they realy want to see.

Where ever you go and they ask have ou got foodstuff or liquids I showed them even the 2 beechies I had in my pocket .

At Auckland  I once again declared everything to the last little cable for the pc .. I only had to fill in forms for the money cause it exceeded $10000. for the rest they let me go. I saw people who's bags were torn apart and everything taken out and packed out on the floor.

That is bad ...

At Auckland the kids were also very tired and the youngest just lay on the floor and fell asleep. So if you have kids keep them awake till customs in Auckland  :2funny:

It's just less nonsense if ou realy have nothing to hide
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: Happy Expat on July 08, 2007, 11:09:36 am
That's a good tip Johan O0
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: Nolan on July 09, 2007, 08:25:28 am
will do thanks Johan  O0
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: MJ on July 17, 2007, 04:18:44 pm
Hi guys we just finished with Magna and we will get the quote tomorrow.
I have been reading through some of the literature they left with us and heres a bit on guns:

"Handguns and automatic weapons are strictly prohibited while sporting rifles and shotguns are usually permitted, subject to their barrel length.  A South African Export permit is required prior to shipment, and all firearms are detained until an Import permit and an owners Firearm License is obtained"

In another part of the booklet they have this:

Most shipping lines  do not accept firearms in containers.  this even applies to air rifles. The majority of countries whilst usually accepting rifles, will not allow entry to handguns.  Export Permits SAP312 and Import permits are required.  Due to the problems shipping firearms, we suggest that these are not shipped.  we have purposefully  not licensed our premises for storing firearms as we feel that the premises are not then a target for any unlawful elements looking for guns in South Africa.
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: Didi77 on December 17, 2007, 04:18:32 pm
I have a soda stream machine. The 1l screw in type

Take it?? Do you guys have bottles in NZ?
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: minette on December 22, 2007, 12:20:53 pm
I'm still running my herb shop & nursery this side at the moment, but have made peace with the fact that I'll have to do a big clearance sale before we go as I cannot take any of my herbal goodies with (processed, dried or live) - unless I go through one hell of a schlep trying to get it all validated and inspected and it might end up costing me way more than it is worth. I was wondering about my pure essential oils though....anyone any ideas?
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: MJ on December 24, 2007, 09:00:30 am
Minette I took my essential oils with in the container.  I put all the bottles in a tupperware container in case they leaked. No problems.
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: minette on December 24, 2007, 09:28:23 am
Will do that then, thanks MJ!
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: Louise Marais on March 13, 2008, 10:38:29 pm
Does anybody know if I am able to take my tubes of oil paint, and other art goodies, i.e., brushes, palet knives, canvas, etc?
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: wag on March 14, 2008, 08:58:55 am
What about down duvets and pillows?  Will they cause a problem?
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: Eileen on March 14, 2008, 11:15:01 am
Does anybody know if I am able to take my tubes of oil paint, and other art goodies, i.e., brushes, palet knives, canvas, etc?
I dont know about canvas, but we had paint, lots of art goodies and brushes and no-one asked or said anything.

What about down duvets and pillows?  Will they cause a problem?
Didn't have a problem with the down duvet either
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: Durbschick1 on March 26, 2008, 12:26:11 pm
Have been to quite for a while... sorry!! So I can pack ma favorite feather pillows (2)? and how about my wood / iron bed.... the wood is varnished. Also have 2x pine dressers, varnished on the front but they got a bit lazy on the inside, the back and underneath.... can I take it or should I maybe varnish the whole thing?....... :confused:
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: Eileen on March 27, 2008, 04:25:08 am
Wilna, it will be fine as it is. The packers really wrap the things well and there's no way MAF will open it to check if it has varnish everywhere. Pillows and bed will also be fine!  :clap:
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: Durbschick1 on March 27, 2008, 07:57:30 am
Thanks Eileen! You've made my day! Of all the things in my home I thing I love my pillows the most....  :sleep:
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: MJ on March 27, 2008, 09:51:15 am
We had a raw unvarnished bookcase from Mistry's and Magna said it was fine, no problems on this side either
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: magusta on March 27, 2008, 08:04:28 pm
Hi all,

We're not a very sentimental couple, but there's two things I would like to take
1) On the plane with me when I leave SA. My bicycle, I've sweated tears on the thing  :smitten: and would love to take it onboard. Will wash it properly, can I take it as special sporting baggage/luggage ? Has anyone done this before?

2) Our daughter has a little pocketbike/minimoto fully customized etc. It's not very expensive, but she loves it. Is it allowed? (I'm also taking my leathers & helmets )
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: hadenough on March 27, 2008, 08:07:46 pm
I'm not sure, but I think you can.  My friend took 4 to Auz.  They dismantled them at the airport :confused:
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: Badprop on March 27, 2008, 08:31:45 pm
I think you can too.  Make sure the bike is spotless, then I can't see a problem.
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: Saturn_Moon on January 02, 2009, 03:06:37 pm
I know this is a really old post by my DH and I are in the process of having our goodies stored and then eventually shipped.

We are sorting through the finer details now and realised that my DH has a very nice large bow and 1 arrow (worth about R2,000).

Will NZ classify it as a weapon - will we have problems taking it in the container? i.e. do we need a permit or can we just declare it when it arrived?

Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: ANTONK on January 04, 2009, 11:46:34 am
Saturn - not 100% sure but I will say that NZ will have a problem with it and I will rather sell it. Not sure about the license for it but surely think NZ will ask for proof that your DH belonged to a Bow and Arrow club and doing this as a sport  O0 and  :gl:
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: Saturn_Moon on January 04, 2009, 10:36:22 pm
Thanks ANTONK, you are a star.  O0

Okay, well the decision is made, we are going to sell the bow - much less complicated.

Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: ANTONK on January 06, 2009, 09:37:41 am
Thank you Saturn and I think that was a very good choice  O0
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: Saturn_Moon on January 06, 2009, 10:07:18 am
 ;)  O0

Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: !!DV!! on January 06, 2009, 10:24:06 am
I know nothing about bows and if you can import them, but should you want to pursue that...
Trade me would be able to get you starting again should you have a few bucks to use for a other Bow.
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: Clarikdeens on January 06, 2009, 02:04:10 pm
I had a look at my list on import restrictions and could not find anything about bows.
Why don 't you contact NZ Customs direct?
Good Luck
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: Nolan on January 07, 2009, 11:18:11 pm
I agree, contact customs direct. You can buy them here so maybe you can bring it with?
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: mandyh on January 08, 2009, 01:08:47 am
Saturn_moon try sending a pm to Noodles Mom - if I remember correctly they have/had a bow and arrow.  I'm not 100% sure but someone did ask quite a while back.
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: Saturn_Moon on January 08, 2009, 06:37:44 am
Thanks guys. Will do just that. Hopefully we can make a decision by Monday (12) that is when we are getting packed up but I think my DH would be rather pleased if we could take is bow with.

 :smitten:

Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: noodles mom on January 08, 2009, 09:04:59 am
OH brought did bring the bow & arrow - it was put aside for inspection by MAF but when i told him it was a compound bow & arrow he was not interested to look anymore.... he just wanted to see the arrows if they had feathers on them.   I did specify on the paperwork that it was packed.
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: mandyh on January 08, 2009, 09:25:58 am
thanks for the reply Noodles Mom.  I thought I remembered you as asking as at the same time we were deciding whether to bring in my son's bow and arrow too.   But he decided to give 2 years of hard work up!!
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: Saturn_Moon on January 25, 2009, 12:08:57 pm
Again thanks to everyone for the help and suggestions but with some difficulty DH decided it would be best to leave it behind...
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: Alta van zyl on February 04, 2009, 08:11:41 am
Good question.  We brought our sodastream over but left the gas bottle behind as told.  Now I need to know where we can purchase the bottle.  Any ideas? 
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: Durbschick1 on February 04, 2009, 09:39:51 am
Quick one.... our goodies are going to leave SA in the next couple of weeks, not a high value, just about R35,000 - do I need a tax clearance or something for it?  :crazy2:
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: mommy2rhys on February 04, 2009, 11:10:56 am
Quick one.... our goodies are going to leave SA in the next couple of weeks, not a high value, just about R35,000 - do I need a tax clearance or something for it?  :crazy2:

Hi Durbschick

We just had to fill in a NEP form and stated that value was only R48k  :blush: or they would have required a TCC. so you should be okay on R35k (only of R50k and it is a problem)

Your shipping agent should give you a NEP form.

Am trying to insert the doc - don't know if it will work.... Nope don't seem to get it right.  If you want it just pm me and I wil mail to you


T
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: Durbschick1 on February 05, 2009, 04:31:52 am
Thank u Mommy3rhys! I have a NEP form in my file, must admit there was so much going on after they packed my stuff that I never worried about the paperwork... Now that it is finaly on it's way.... I remember that I did not really rad the fine print!!! :idiot2:
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: Nolan on February 05, 2009, 01:28:49 pm
the shipping guys told us to fill in X amount so it is under the tax clearance amount
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: Durbschick1 on February 10, 2009, 01:46:17 am
When you look at the 2nd hand value it's not so high, it's worth a lot more to us though since we have not our 'junk' for so long now!!!  :clap: I come from an insurance background and have always worked on replacement value - where in this case it's not needed Jippie!  ;D
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: addywads on April 28, 2009, 06:23:18 am
I heard so many stories from so many people about what we could bring or what treasures we would have to leave behind so eventually I just brought everything.  The "suspect" goods like grass lampshades and basotho hat etc I packed in one box and thought if MAF had a problem with it, they could take it away and destroy it.  They didnt even look for it.  They were more concerned with the lawnmower and tent poles and things that could have sand in them.  I brought my Nguni hide but made sure I had the tanning certificate and export permit for it - MAF took it away and sprayed it again.  My gun I had stripped by a gunsmith in SA as there was no way I was going to hand it in at the SAPS for some cops boetie to get hold of.  Our experience with MAF and Immigration has been First Class.  We also brought quite a lot of medicines out with us and they didnt look at those either, or at the foodstuff/grocery items we brought with.
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: tmprince on May 04, 2009, 11:45:20 am
I am so horribly confused I thought no food stuffs of any kind allowed so what did you bring addywads ?
I cannot believe I will never eat gemsquash again once we are in Nz .
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: addywads on May 04, 2009, 11:57:48 am
I brought quite a few of those packets of soups/mixes and gravy things.  I didnt buy but just brought what I had in my cupboards.  Anything that was sealed, also all the tinned food and spices that werent seeds I also brought with.  Bring all your plastic laundry and garbage bins with too - they are very expensive to replace here.  Its the little things that add up when you have to set up home all over again  :thumbdown:
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: tmprince on May 04, 2009, 12:01:36 pm
so I take it hermatically sealed gemsquash seeds are out of the question?  >:D
Kirkhoffs do such pretty packaging   >:D

my maid just went into decline here she was banking on my emptying all my grocerie cupboards into her bags !
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: addywads on May 04, 2009, 12:14:35 pm
My kids thought it was Christmas - they got all the opened stuff!  make sure you put all the foodstuffs in one separate box so its easily accessable if MAF want to take a look.  And you will need to declare it on your form on this side but they didnt even look at my food or medicine box.  Bring all your regular muti like Sinutab, valoid, spasmol, immodium etc so you have a stock of your favourites until you know the equvalent here.  Bring Grand-pa if you use them cos they dont have them here! the strongest thing you will get for pain here is Panadol (panado).  If you have anything on prescription, have the prescription copied and keep one copy with you and one in the box with the medicines.  NO SEEDS OF ANY KIND.  We get very nice pumpkins here and butternut too  :)
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: noodles mom on May 04, 2009, 08:31:14 pm
You can get gem squash here
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: ANTONK on May 04, 2009, 08:54:38 pm
Guys/gals just be careful not to bring illegal stuff and not declare it as you will be on the first ship out back where you came from - So I won't risk that at all. 99% food stuff is available here in NZ - you just need to shop around or ask a saffer and they will tell you where to get it  O0
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: Durbschick1 on May 06, 2009, 12:23:26 am
 :tongue: Jip, it's not worth it! Just as a matter of interest, we did not have a full container, but I was worried about our vacuum cleaner not being cleared. It was very new, cleaned and is one of those bagless one. All customs / MAF looked at was our tent (we made sure it was clean!) a ornamental garden sprinkles (also cleaned)... they did not even bother to look at the vacuum cleaner!  :clap:
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: BlueAngel on June 09, 2009, 06:05:22 am
Can anyone help me with the requirements / regulations regarding the importation of off-road motorcycles. Here in SA they are not registered and do not have any papers. They are not able to be used on the road. Does this qualify them for any special treatment in terms of proofs of ownership and the like ? Does anyone have an e-mail address of the customs dept. where I can ask ?
Thanks all.
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: Anna007 on June 09, 2009, 06:55:04 am
Darryll we brought 2 quads & 1 Yamaha - all off road - in Feb 09.

But they were all registered in SA - even though they're all off-road. So for them we had to do police clearance (on SA), and have original registration docs and proof of purchase.

We also have/brought a pit bike that was not registered in SA.
They/NZ only required Proof of Purchase for that.

We were not required to register the quads, Yamaha nor pit bike in NZ.  :coolsmiley:
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: frodo/maya on July 11, 2010, 03:24:32 pm
I am confused, please help:

If you are not allowed to bring spices, how is it possible for somebody to send this to you via the post from SA?

Thanks

Urs
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: Chan in Wellington on July 11, 2010, 06:25:19 pm
No spices  :confused:  :confused:  :eek:  not good...what about all the lovely SA spices?  My OH will die without his curries....

I believe it's a huge issue to take over a canoe...I suppose it's not a surprise, considering our disgusting rivers in SA.
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: Nolan on July 11, 2010, 09:22:09 pm
As far I know, if it's sealed in it's bottle, you can bring it in no problem
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: frodo/maya on July 12, 2010, 06:24:44 am
Thanks Nolan, but Kings said we are not allowed to pack any. I think I am going to send MAF an e-mail.
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: zatexnz on July 12, 2010, 10:25:09 am
we were just chatting with a SA guy who runs a SA shop between Hamilton and Morrinsville.  He said he brought his hunting trophies in... you know.. the stuffed heads... and had them packaged and labelled "Trophies".  MAF didn't check them! 

We bubble wrapped a bunch of items and then packed them into our Tupperware.  Then packed the Tupperware into boxes.  The label on the outside of the boxes said "Tupperware".  Now we didn't pack anything illegal, but they never even asked to look in there.  We were paranoid and cleaned our tent poles and all, but the moving guys labelled the box "Tent" in such bad handwriting that it looked like "Teat".  MAF didn't ask to see that box.  But the treated wood that was used to make our son's bunk bed, was marked to be looked at, because it said on the item list, "wooden planks".  We declared anything that we thought was necessary, like the carved Ostrich egg.  When he asked to see it, we couldn't remember which box it was packed in.  When we described it to him, he said, "oh, if it's carved, then it would be cleaned and treated, so don't worry about finding it!".

We do wish we'd gone to the trouble of having our lawnmower cleaned and brought over, because the ones we find here are expensive and not the same quality as the one we had to leave behind in TX.
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: frodo/maya on July 12, 2010, 11:58:47 am
Thanks  Schalk and zatexnz  :1hug:
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: Chan in Wellington on July 12, 2010, 12:47:15 pm
I see a few posts on firearms - my OH it determined to bring over his hand gun (keeps it near since the day he was hi-jacked at gun point) - I wonder if it is really worth all the hassle, since hopefully we'll never need it again!!!!!
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: SaKiwiBoer on July 12, 2010, 05:53:12 pm
CiD - Let me get this straight.... handgun like in 357, 38 or 9mm???
Correct  :confused:
Tell your hubby NZ is the wrong country to come to if he is determent to bring the "piece" with...
Hand guns is illegal in NZ, as far as I know, some of the  :smart: people can say if I'm right or wrong. I left 2 x 9mm behind and I carried every day since 1986 till 2006 when we left SA for NZ. I called it my DKW gun. I took it with to Dance, Kerk en Werk. Never without it.
I still miss it sometimes because the "pants" just don't feel "right"...  :whistle: .  :2funny:
SAKB
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: MEEKA on July 12, 2010, 06:15:51 pm
WHAT ABOUT A CHILD'S PELLET GUN?
Is it also taboo?
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: SaKiwiBoer on July 12, 2010, 06:27:51 pm
I really wouldn't know. Maybe just find out from the NZ coppers.
I know you can bring rifles that are not automatic or semi auto but apparently it is seriously a schlep from SA side and I left 2 rifles and 2 handguns behind. No need for it here. Might need it when I go back for a visit tho ...  ::)
Cheers, SAKB.
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: thombatt on July 12, 2010, 07:41:14 pm
Here are some links about firearms licenses and importing of firearms

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firearms_licence_%28New_Zealand%29
http://www.police.govt.nz/service/firearms/importing.html
http://www.immigration.govt.nz/nzopportunities/aboutnz/importantlaws/firearms.htm

seeing what they include under restricted items I'm sure a pellet gun is included.
looks like pistols are a big no no
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: Chan in Wellington on July 13, 2010, 09:54:29 am
Thanks SAKB, he said last night that he'll be leaving it here!!
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: SaKiwiBoer on July 13, 2010, 07:37:20 pm
Thanks SAKB, he said last night that he'll be leaving it here!! 

If I may ask where is he going to "leave" it??
I "left" mine with a gun shop and signed it into their inventory. I still remain the owner of the guns but they are legally bound to "keep them safe". So if ever I go back for a holiday I could sign them out and back in on my return to NZ. "Hypothetically"   :whistle: .
Cheers, SAKB.
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: Chan in Wellington on July 13, 2010, 07:57:44 pm
@SAKB...not sure yet, but I'm glad we have got to the stage of 'leaving it here'.  My OH sounds like you - he will be lost without it....I will have to get him a NZ water pistol  :2funny:
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: zatexnz on December 01, 2010, 09:29:30 am
I'm bringing up this thread again, because I see a lot of people asking the same questions again.  Please read the first post on this thread, carefully.  It's really very clear.

A few weeks ago, our home schooler's group went to the Auckland Airport for a "field trip".  It was very informative!!  We visited the fire dept, the Security dept and MAF.  I was very attentive to what the guy said, and afterward asked a few questions that always come up on this forum.  This is basically what the guy said:

We focus on INTENT.  What is your intent with that which you bring in.  Also the main thing they're concerned about is the bio-danger.  I.e. dirt, seeds, spiders, and bugs.  Why?  Because NZ has a unique ecology and we want to protect it.  Every plane that comes from Australia gets sprayed as soon as the passengers disembark, because Australia has 200 species of mosquito, of which many are disease carrying, whereas NZ has only 17 and none of them are disease-carrying. 

SO... Furniture.  As long as it is treated wood, you're fine.  Cane furniture - spray it with DOOM and then let it stand for a day.  Then clean it thoroughly - make sure no cobwebs or dust is in the grooves.  Then cover it with sheets or something until the packers arrive. 

Ostrich eggs, animal skins, taxidermy - as long as it has been cleaned properly, and where taxidermy is concerned - that it's been done professionally, it is all ok. 

Products that are made/come from endangered species animals. NO.  Because you're not allowed to kill endangered species, and they will find out where you bought it and those blokes will get into trouble.  That goes for framed butterflies, Ivory horns, etc.

Guns - hand guns.  Unless you can prove that you're going to join a club on this end, and have the correct permits for it, NO.  Hunting rifles and other, you will need permits for, and Nolan has mentioned that it's a schlepp. 

All other stuff, clean it properly and you should be ok.  As others have said, declare everything.  That way they know you're not trying to "smuggle" anything.

PLEASE, if you are unsure, DO contact MAF directly.  They are very helpful and friendly, and would rather you contact them, and find out about something ahead of time, than you rock up here, and have a fight over something you thought was ok, but is not.
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: thombatt on December 01, 2010, 10:56:01 am
Good one.

As most people know I'm a bio security Nazi.
I prefer safe over anything else rather than take a chance
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: kari on June 19, 2011, 05:37:11 pm
HI Colleen, what is your take on a down duvet??
K
Title: Re: Customs Info - what you can and cannot ship
Post by: Savayla on June 19, 2011, 08:21:27 pm
We visited MAF and Customs on Wednesday to clear a small load of ours that is coming over from Malaysia.  On my list of things I had "spinning wheel ".  He asked me if it had any wool on it, and I couldn't remember as there are no sheep in Malaysia but I told him I think it had a small amount.  BANG !!!  This is a bio-security risk and now today we are off to have it inspected and be charged.  Will let you know how it goes. 

So please ensure that you have no RAW wool in your belongings.  I also had two woven reed baskets, but as they were treated and dyed, he said it was no problem. 

Xmas decorations.  I had to declare them, but he simply asked me what kinds.  No wreaths, cones, etc .  Others are fine .

I asked about my stuff in SA, as I have an icelandic sheepskin that looks like a bears skin.  No problem.  It has been treated and cured.  My wooden masks.  No problem.  As long as they are declared.  Even if you have a certificate that it has been sprayed on that side, they will still check it to make sure that there are no goggas on this side.  Fair enough.

Please also remember this .  You CANNOT bring in your goods unless you have either residency or at least a 12 month Working Permit.  We were nearly bitten in the bum .  Luckily for us, our goods had been delayed by 3 months as they could not find a ship going to Nelson.  We had an 8 month permit only.  Our goods arrived a few days after we received residency, but we don't have the stickers in our PP as we needed them for this.  So we took our letter from NZIS, stating we had residency, and the Customs officer uhmmmed and aahed, and then finally said it was ok. 

If she hadn't, we would have had to pay customs duty on everything.

We also have quite a few brand new, still in their boxes, expensive electronic yachting equipment back in SA with our goods.  I asked her about this, as it was meant to go into our yacht but now we want to sell the yacht and bring this stuff over.  No, even though it is ours, because it is new (have no receipts, was bought off others ) we would be charged customs duty.  So now we have to work out if it is worth the duty as opposed to buying new. 

I thought we had thought of everything.  But we hadn't.  Their site is good, and you can email them and they usually get back to you within 24 hours