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Import regulations

Used or new cars can be shipped from any port in Japan to all major Ports in New Zealand. We will perform all the necessary pre shipping inspections and our team in NZ operates their own compliance center to assure a smooth import and registration of your vehicle.

Age Restriction and Compliance Standards

Older than 20 years old – Fully exempt from emissions and safety regulations.
Newer than 20 years old – If the prefix of the model code is 2 digits or less the vehicle does not comply. If it is 3 digits or more the vehicle will comply. As of March 1st, 2020, all newer vehicles are required to have ESC (Electronic Slip Control) in order to import and register in NZ.

**2 digit prefix model codes can still be imported for track or off-road use.

Please contact Autohub NZ for compliance confirmation via [email protected].

Service Costs and Logistics

We work with our trusted partner Autohub Imports to handle shipping, import and delivery in NZ. We will introduce to our team agents in the NZ office and work together to get all the information you need. The total cost of export and shipping is a combination of the costs below, JCD fee, Auction house fee, Export customs clearance and Inland transport to export yard.

For Private importers:

Our new price is $1750 nzd plus any GST applied if the vehicle is shipped to any of the main ports and delivered within the metropolitan area.
If delivery is out of the metropolitan areas, there will be extra transport charges applicable.

For Registered Motor Vehicle Traders:

Our new price is $1499 nzd plus any GST applied if the vehicle is shipped to any of the main ports and delivered within the metropolitan area.
If delivery is out of the metropolitan areas, there will be extra transport charges applicable.
You must supply us with a genuine RMVT number to be applicable.

*These are prices for vehicles less than 20 cbm

Service includes:

  • Gate in survey and photos Japan
  • MPI (Bio Hazard) Inspection and cleaning (No Steam Cleaning)
  • NZTA Border Inspection
  • Odometer Check
  • Japan Port Service Charges
  • Freight
  • Door Delivery
  • NZ Port Service Charges
  • NZ Customs Clearances
  • Tow off port to local compliance centre (We do not handle compliance itself)
  • Full Insurance whilst in our care

**Baf (Bunker Fuel Surcharges) additional charge of $95 nzd on RORO and $120 nzd on containers

Shipping Details

  • Vehicles must be drivable
  • 3 Roll On/Roll Off Sailings (RORO) per month to Auckland, Wellington and Lyttelton
  • Weekly Container Sailings from KOBE (for Osaka) & Yokohama to Dunedin
  • Door 2 Door delivery available
  • Inner cargo allowed on RORO shipments

Emission Standards

The car or vehicle in question must meet emission and noise standards issued by the New Zealand government for vehicles of the same class. Detailed information about emission standards for used vehicles can be obtained on the home page of the New Zealand Transport Agency.

Special Interest Vehicles

To have a vehicle identified as a special interest vehicle, the NZ Transport Agency must deem it to have historic value or it must meet three of the following four requirements:

  • The vehicle (or its make, model and submodel) is identified as being a collector’s item in one of the following magazines or their respective websites – Australian classic car, Car and driver (US), Automobile (US), Motor (Australia), Motor trend (US), New Zealand autocar, New Zealand classic car, Road and track (US), Top gear (UK), Top gear NZ,Unique cars (Australia) or Wheels (Australia).
  • The vehicle’s make and model has been (or was) manufactured in annual volumes of 20,000 units or less.
  • The vehicle is, and was manufactured as, a two-door coupe or a convertible.
  • The vehicle is, and was manufactured as, a high-performance vehicle.
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