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Import regulations for used and new cars from Japan to New Zealand
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.
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.
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.
• Gate in survey and photos Japan
• MPI (Bio Hazard) Inspection and cleaning (No Steam Cleaning)
• NZTA Border Inspection
• Odometer Check
• Japan Port Service Charges
• 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
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.
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.
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.
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!
Mathew was great to work with and made what could be a scary daunting experience very easy. I am super happy with my car and am sure I will be importing with them again!
Working with Mathew and his team was an absolute pleasure. I went from never knowing you could import your own vehicle to owning my own Suzuki Cara within 6 months. Mathew was so helpful and completely transparent with me during the entire process. We spoke on the phone and via email and he helped me pick the perfect car exactly within my requirements. He dealt with my excitement and inexperience with patience and understanding. I couldn't be happier with my experience and will absolutely use Japan Car Direct again when it's time for another project. I highly recommend Mathew and Japan Car Direct.
Just purchased my second car through Japan Car Direct. Could not be more pleased with their customer service. Matt went above and beyond to help me find the right car. Translating countless auction sheets, messaging sellers, requesting vehicle inspections, putting up with me and my requests well after his time in the office, etc. I can happily and honestly say that I would recommend this company to anyone looking to purchase a car from Japan and that you will not be dissappinted. Very kind, helpful and professional. Can’t wait for vehicle number 3.
Mathew and the team are amazing. Bought my first Porsche in Japan and they have helped me all the way through. They are competent and honest people, will definitely be doing more business with them. Thanks guys!
Mat is is the best he was right on target and video descriptions are perfect. Shipping was alot faster than I thought it would be, as JCD didn't mess around. My van was at port and ready to go. I will be using JCD again soon, got my van now I want a car.
I hunted the internet for a broker I could trust with my money. JDC won and I am so happy I went with them. Matt and Yoshi are great. Matt puts up with a very demanding customer in me, I can certainly take up time. Matt sends me cars from the list I sent him, when I don't have time to check the auction. It is scary how accurate Matt is when I ask him to predict a selling price. He is always very close which sometimes is not fun but he really does know pricing. They have walked we through buying two cars now and have held my hand on both. I really apricate all the time and knowledge. After purchase they have also held my hand through the whole import process which can be daunting for a first timer. I am a dealer and Matt is great at suggesting other cars to import as well. I am very satisfied with my choice
What can I say? The service was friendly and good, and I got my car, which ended up being in a better condition than expected. Sure, there were couple of unforeseen snags that no-one had anticipated, but overall, it was an extremely positive experience. Hommat meni hyvin, auto tuli Suomeen eikä noiden pyytämä hintakaan ollut mikään mahdottoman paha.
I bought a 1993 RX7 FD from these guys they are great! Communication was very good, and prompt! Iv has my car now for 6 months and have been loving it! I would recommend emailing them and looking into the options! They are upfront about price and will steer you into the right direction on what the car will take to own! I’m working with Yoshiro to buy another car now! I’m very pleased with the service I received. It can be scary sending lots of money to a person you don’t know for a car you have never seen, but they will come through with everything they tell you they will do!
They've somehow made what was expected to be complicated, so simple. I got all the info I needed and imported my first JDM car without a single problem. Matthew was super fast to respond and always had an answer.
A must for exporting cars from Japan. I've exported various models with these guys now and they have been exactly how we wanted them with no underlying issues or surprises when they arrive. Very pleased and will continue to use these guys in the future!
This was my first time importing a vehicle for my personal use and naturally I was leary about who to go through. After looking through a few other places and after getting in touch with a longtime customer of theirs I decided to try these guys out. I can say without a doubt I'm glad I did. They are definitely professional and know their craft when it comes to getting you your dream car. Everything from getting cars inspected and bidding was completely transparent and went smoothly. I couldn't be happier with the car I bought and I hope down the line I'll be able to purchase another using these guys!! Thanks for all you guys do!!!
I have already purchased 3 cars from this company and have a 4th on the way. They are very nice, extremely helpful, and work around your budget. I worked with Yoshi. He is very nice and made me a lot more comfortable with the wire transfers (after purchasing the vehicle), because let’s be honest, it is nerve racking to send money to a foreign country and have to wait several weeks for your vehicle to arrive. However, everything has gone smoothly, and they make it very easy to import the car of your dreams. I will continue to go with Japan Car Direct for all my japan car needs 😀
Amazing people to work with. Answered any question I could think of and never left me hanging in during the entire process. I was always kept in the loop. Matt and his team are superb in every way. From picking my car out at auction to picking it up at port they were always there and now I have great little cappuccino to drive around now! I will be using them again to bring in another car in the near future that's for sure.