- Shipping to NZ and shipping from New Zealand can be complex tasks and you would be forgiven if the prospect of tackling it on your own gives you nightmares where you find out that you are missing a crucial form at a crucial moment, and that costs are starting to spiral out of control.
- But you are not alone and we are there for you! With 20 years’ experience shipping and clearing all sorts of cargo for customers, we can do it in our sleep – without the nightmares!
- Over time, we have refined our procedures to offer a stress-free service to our clients, and as easy as 1-2-3. No raised blood pressure, no hidden costs. With McCullough, you know exactly what it is going to cost you at the very beginning.
Can I put items inside the vehicle?
While we do not recommend shipping any Inner Cargo inside your vehicle while shipping via Roll on Roll off, if you wish to ship a few items inside your vehicle you may do so, however, this will be done so at your own risk.
Inner Cargo is not permitted on RORO shipping to/from Fremantle or Adelaide or on any Direct Sailing to Australia.
If you are wanting to ship a few items using the Shared Container service, these must all fit inside your vehicle. We strongly advise that you consider one of our container services if you are wanting to ship Inner Cargo inside your vehicle.
Personal Effects are subject to MPI and Devan Charges.
Any unaccompanied baggage must be declared by filling out an Unaccompanied Baggage Declaration form which we can send you. Please ask us for this paperwork.
We do offer a shared 40ft Container Service for vehicles from Australia to Auckland only. We do allow inner cargo in vehicles on this service. Vehicles shipped on the shared container service are packed in our Customs Bonded Depot in Australia and unpacked in our Customs Bonded Warehouse in Auckland giving you an extra safe environment for your items and vehicle.
Inner Cargo is shipped at your own risk and is not covered under the Insurance Policy for the vehicle (if this has been requested through McCullough Ltd)
**Please note: If shipping inner cargo, this needs to be accessible by authorities on arrival. Please speak to us if you have any questions or concerns on this.
Can I ship my car when the vehicle is under finance in Australia?
If there is finance owing on the vehicle, this will need to be paid prior to surrendering your vehicle for shipping. In some cercumstnaces, you may be able to get a letter from the finance company to give permission to ship the vehicle to New Zealand.
Do I have to deregister my vehicle in Australia?
Yes, please take the plates off when you deliver it to us or when we pick it up. The plates can then be taken into the local transport department at a later date to deregister the vehicle in Australia.
Does the quote include Compliance and Registration?
No, Compliance and Registration is paid direct to the Compliance Centre and is an extra cost.
Does the quote include delivery to Compliance?
Yes, once the Customs, MPI and Border Clearances are completed we will deliver the vehicle to your nominated compliance centre. We can recommend several compliance centres close to you.
Does the quote include Marine Insurance?
We can inlude Marine Insurance in our quote on request, for this we will need the value you would like your vehicle insured for. Based on our standard cover, there is an excess of 500NZD to be covered by you in the event of a claim.
Does the quote include Pickup in Australia?
No, as this is all dependant on the location. We can arrange pickup for you. Please advise the pickup address.
How do I make a booking?
If you would like to make a booking with us, please accept our quote online and fill in the Quote Acceptance form. Once this is filled in you will get an email from us explaining what documents are required to make a booking. Once we receive the documents, we will make a booking on the vessel. Once we have the booking confirmed, we will confirm the booking with you by email and introduce you to our Australian agent. As our agent will confirm the delivery dates and times, you can liaise with them directly to arrange drop off or pickup.
How do I prepare my vehicle for shipping?
Please take high resolution photos of all sides of the car and its inside for insurance purposes. Please make sure the vehicle is as clean as possible. Please clean under the wheel arches and vacuum inside and in the grills where leaves and plant material gather.
Also ensure that the vehicle has less than a quarter of a tank of petrol for shipping please.
How long does it take once my vehicle arrives in New Zealand?
Generally, you should allow 4-5 days for Customs, MPI and Border Clearances. Once released from the port, we can deliver the vehicle to the compliance centre. Compliance normally takes a few days, depending on how busy the compliance centre is at the time. You will need to liaise with the compliance centre directly once the vehicle arrives to get a better timeframe.
How long does it take?
Please refer to vessels’ times as per schedule and above re: clearance, delivery and processing times.
If I don’t qualify for ‘Zero GST Payable’, how much GST will I have to pay?
You may qualify for depreciation. Depreciation is applicable when you have owned and used the car for 3 months. The depreciation amounts to 13% of the purchase price of the vehicle after 3 months. You will pay GST on the remaining amount, freight and insurance (CIF value).
The amount of depreciation for vehicles owned and used for more than 3 months varies, eg. 4 months = 20% depreciation, 6 months = 27.5%, 9 months = 35% and so on.
What is Compliance?
Compliance is like a Warrant of Fitness, only quite a bit more stringent. Compliance must be done on all vehicles entering New Zealand to make sure the vehicle is in line with NZ standards. For more information on Compliance please go to http://www.mmnz.biz/vehicle-certification/
What is MPI?
The Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) is the government agency in charge of the biosecurity inspections. You may have seen MPI representatives at the airport. MPI inspects all used vehicle imports and approximately 85% of these vehicles are held by MPI for some kind of clean.
When and how do I pay you?
We will invoice you once the ship arrives in New Zealand and the MPI biosecurity results are known.
You can pay us by internet banking. We also accept credit cards. There is a transaction fee on these. Please call us to discuss the rate on your card.
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When do I deliver my vehicle?
Vehicles need to be delivered to our receiving depot. This will usually be 3 or 4 days prior to the ship departing, however our Australian agent will confirm receiving dates with you.
Where do I deliver my vehicle?
We have depots in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Fremantle. We will deliver the vehicle from the depot to the port for you. (Cost is included in the quote).
Will my car comply in New Zealand?
If you qualify for ‘zero GST payable’ then you will be exempt from our emission and frontal impact laws. However you still will have to meet general safety requirements for your vehicle.
If you do not qualify for ‘zero GST payable’ then we will need to check to make sure the car will comply. To enable us to do this, please send us a photo of the ‘Australian Design Rule’ Plate or ‘ADR’ Plate. This will be in the engine bay of the vehicle or on the door pillar. This plate (or sticker) will have an ‘Approval Number’ stated on the top.
In general, late model cars will be ok, however, if the vehicle is 2009 or earlier, the vehicle may only be Euro 3 emission compliant and will not comply in New Zealand.
Will my vehicle be below deck?
Yes of course. Vehicles are shipped by Roll On, Roll Off on dedicated Car Carrying vessels. All vehicles are below deck.
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