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Import regulations for used and new cars from Japan to New Zealand

Shipping
Used or new cars exported from Japan to New Zealand can be shipped from any port in Japan i.e. Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagoya, Osaka, Kobe, to all major Ports in New Zealand such as Auckland, Dunedin, Lyttelton, Napier, Tauranga, Wellington. In order for us to start shipping procedures of your vehicle, we require payment for the vehicle only. Vehicles exported to New Zealand can be shipped FOB and the freight charges paid upon the vehicle’s arrival.

Age Restriction
Due to changes in emission standards, as of January 1st, 2012, vehicles imported into New Zealand must have been manufactured from 2005, onward. Exceptions to that rule can be granted if the vehicle you are importing is a “special interest,” vehicle, over 20 years old, or if you are importing a car that has been registered in your name in Japan.

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.

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.

After sourcing a vehicle, the process is very simple:
Our partner Autohub operate and offer a complete package to handle all facets of export from Japan, and the import into NZ.

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
• Baf (Bunker Fuel Surcharges)
• 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

Pricing:
The following prices are for vehicles under 20m3:

For Private importers:
Our new price is $1550 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 $1299 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.

Payments:
NZ Customs will charge GST on Car cost + Freight.
Autohub will charge GST on NZ Customs clearance, and local towing.
All GST will be charged on one Autohub Invoice.
You will be invoiced you 7-9 days before the vehicle arrives and we expect payment before the car arrives.

Registration:
At the same time, you will have to register on our website.
NOTE: For a Delivery Address, please put your nearest/preferred Compliance centre as our transporters do not transport vehicles to residential addresses.
Once you have registered on the Autohub Website, and our Japan office have received a booking, we will take care of everything else.
Once the vehicle is delivered to your compliance centre or delivery address, you will need to comply and register the vehicle at your own cost.

More info about the Compliance Application for 17-digit VIN Numbers.

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  • review rating 5  A few months ago I set out on my goal of importing a vehicle from Japan through an auction. After tons and TONs of research and countless emails, I decided to use Japan Car Direct as my exporter in Japan. From the beginning of my interactions with JCD, I was thoroughly impressed. My contact, Yoshi, was amazing...definitely a huge asset to the JCD team. He answered all of my questions promptly, translated dozens of auction sheets for me, and advised me of what to watch out for when looking for a vehicle. He was beyond helpful! I picked up my Kei truck at the port in Newport News a few weeks ago and couldn't be more pleased. Since then, the truck has made it to its final home in Charlottesville, VA on my farm. Yoshi and the other guys at JCD are now my go to team for more of these soon. Thanks again JCD and keep doing what you guys do! You all are the real deal.

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    10/15/2019

    review rating 5  A few months ago I set out on my goal of importing a vehicle from Japan through an auction. After tons and TONs of research and countless emails, I decided to use Japan Car Direct as my exporter in Japan. From the beginning of my interactions with JCD, I was thoroughly impressed. My contact, Yoshi, was amazing...definitely a huge asset to the JCD team. He answered all of my questions promptly, translated dozens of auction sheets for me, and advised me of what to watch out for when looking for a vehicle. He was beyond helpful! I picked up my Kei truck at the port in Newport News a few weeks and couldn't be more pleased. Since then, the truck has made it to its final home in Charlottesville, VA on my farm. Yoshi and the other guys at JCD are now my go to team for more of these soon. Thanks again JCD and keep doing what you guys do! You all are the real deal.

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    10/15/2019

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    10/10/2019
  • review rating 5  I'd been looking to buy an RF series Honda Stepwagon to convert into a mini camper for a while but the UK prices always seemed too high. I had joined a few JDM import sites to get an idea of auction prices and costs (including Japan Car Direct) but just couldn't bring myself to take the next step, it seemed such a risk ! Finally after reading so many good reviews for JCD (and Mathew in particular) I took the plunge and contacted Mathew. After he answered my many questions regarding costs, fees etc I felt confident enough to pay the deposit and start hunting the Japanese auctions for my Steppy. My budget for the Steppy was pretty low (pathetic even !) but I felt Mat still put the same effort into replying to my questions and queries as he would have done if my budget had been into the tens of thousands. The result was I now have a very tidy Stepwagon with lower mileage than any vehicle I've ever owned, I've paid far less for it then I would have done buying in the UK and I've got a bigger budget now for the camper conversion. I wouldn't hesitate to buy through them again, and hope to do so soon.

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    9/30/2019

    review rating 5  5 star experience from start to finish. Transparent and easy process, and Mat was very patient to answer plenty of questions I had during the purchase! Can’t wait to do it again because the Japanese cars from this era are pure automotive art and these guys hold the keys to the museum!

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    9/13/2019

    review rating 5  After an initial inquiry several years ago, I still wanted to get a Japanese Delica or Hiace. Matthew was immediately in contact and helped with all the details. His videos were perfect for my search. Matthew was able to answer all of my questions and my wife and I were able to make decisions based on the great information he provided. I would recommend Japan Car Direct to anyone interested in getting the right car at the best price.

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    8/20/2019

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    8/02/2019

    review rating 5  Awesome experience !! Their service was extremely good and efficient. Yoshiro was soo patient with my many requests for information and translations. The vehicle purchased was better than expected. I would definitely consider using their services again.

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    5/20/2019
  • review rating 5  All I can say about the experience is AMAZING! I worked with Matthew and he was helpful through the whole process of bidding, purchasing, and shipping the car to me. He had an answer for every question, and was always quick to respond. Enjoying my new Mercedes and I will be using them again!

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    5/15/2019

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    5/14/2019

    review rating 5  The experienced, grizzled veterans of the import scene. They were very accommodating with all my questions and concerns. It was my first time importing, so everything was confusing and intimidating, but I'm happy to report everything went as planned! I'm definitely calling them back when I finally come up with an excuse to import another!

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    4/12/2019
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    3/18/2019

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