FAQ New Zealand shipping terms – rules and regulations:

NZ shipping rules and regualtion for cars/ motorhomes:

The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) has laid down a set of rules and regulations for vehicle imports (tel: 0800 108 809 or +64 9 9506200 or The regulations concern safety, emissions and frontal impact standards and verifying the legal owner of a vehicle and that it does not require any repairs prior to registration in New Zealand.

All vehicles must be entry inspected by an NZTA-appointed entry certifier once they have cleared customs and quarantine and before they can be registered for use on the road. Only approved testing stations in New Zealand can verify entry certification compliance and it is important that an entry certifier is contacted prior to shipment from the UK. To confirm that any particular vehicle can be imported and registered in New Zealand they would require details of the vehicle type, year, make, model, chassis – vin number, details of any UN-ECE or EC plate / sticker fixed to the vehicle along with the importer’s residency status, length of car ownership and how long they would have lived in the UK prior to taking up permanent residence in New Zealand. Once a vehicle has passed entry certification a form MR2A is issued which allows it to be registered, licensed and then used legally on the road.

Approved entry certifiers are (cost about NZ$400–600 + any repair/modification costs):

The Automobile Association (AA), tel. no. +64 9 966 8800, email:

Vehicle Inspection New Zealand (VINZ), tel. no. +64 9 580 3170, email:

Vehicle Testing New Zealand (VTNZ), tel. no. +64 4 495 2500, email:

Vehicles must meet emission standards, be entry inspected, roadworthy (WoF), right-hand drive, be built to approved frontal impact standards (4x4s only if manufactured after 1st October 2003), must have evidence of the vehicle’s fuel consumption and must meet other vehicle standards. Many of the regulations can be shown to be complied with by way of a UN-ECE or EC plate / sticker that is fitted to almost all modern vehicles manufactured in the past 10–15 years. A vehicle handbook would normally show where this plate / sticker is located on a vehicle and normally it is close by to the chassis – vin plate under the bonnet or sometimes on the inside of the vehicle door frame.

Immigrant’s vehicles (and vehicles owned by returning New Zealanders that have been overseas for more than 21 months) can be exempt from the emissions and frontal impact rules leaving just the roadworthy and other standards to be complied with. These importers would have to have owned and used their vehicle in the UK for more than 12 months first and would be taking up / resuming permanent residence in New Zealand. This exemption is only valid on 1 vehicle which cannot be sold in New Zealand for at least 1 year after importation. Exemption is also available for all vehicles over 20 years old which only require proof of ownership and a roadworthy check on arrival.

If a vehicle does not qualify for exemption under either the 4×4 pre-October 2003, older than 20 years, immigrant’s vehicle, then emission compliance is required and only vehicles that are Euro 4 compliant are allowed to be imported. Safety compliance applies to all vehicles up to 20 years old and covers door retention, interior impact, seat and anchorages, external projections, head restraints, rear view mirrors, all lamps and indicators, brakes, tyres and wheels, glazing, reflectors, windscreen washers, steering systems, replacement parts and airbags. Almost all vehicles built for the European market, and especially newer models, already comply with the required standards and this is shown if a UN-ECE or EC plate / sticker is fitted to the vehicle. If there is no plate / sticker then a statement of compliance is required.

Part of entry certification involves making sure that a vehicle, although originally manufactured to an approved standard, has not been modified or repaired unsafely or deteriorated to an unsafe state. Problems can arise with vehicles that have been repaired poorly (welding, non standard parts) or that have lowered suspension or ‘race’ parts added with non-standard exhaust systems, after-market seats and such like. These vehicles would have to then go through repair certification by an approved repair certifier. If a Statement of Compliance is required from the manufacturer then this can cost up to NZ$1,000 (details can be found here).

As a summary for NZ ruels and regulations for shipping: almost all vehicles will be allowed to be imported to New Zealand but some that are without an approved plate / sticker AND that are not immigrant’s / returning New Zealander vehicles may need a Statement of Compliance at an extra cost. An entry certifier in New Zealand can confirm exactly what is required for each importer / vehicle.

What Is the Difference Between LCL Shipping & FCL Shipping?

Full container load, or FCL, and less than container load, or LCL, are terms used to refer to overseas shipping of cargo. The abbreviations also may be used to refer to transportation of cargo by train, by substituting the word “car” for “container.” FCL and LCL are different in both definition and practice.

What Is Less Than Container Load (LCL) Shipping?

Less than container load is a shipment that will not fill a container. With an LCL shipment, you pay for your load to be shipped in a container with one or more loads from other customers of the freight transport provider. If you know that you cannot fill even a 20-foot container, LCL is the most sensible option in terms of cost and convenience.

Uses of LCL Shipping?

When using LCL shipping services, you need not worry about returning the container after delivery. Because you are sharing the container, it is the concern of the shipping container service company, which is likely to have return trips booked for that LCL container. Shippers using LCL need be concerned only about the load being shipped and nothing else.

What RoRo shipping means?

RORO is the simplest and cheapest method of shipping for vehicles. It means that vehicles are driven directly onto the RORO vessel and secured to the car decks. They are securely inside the vessel, wind-and-watertight. Do know that you cannot ship personal effects using this method, although spare tire and factory fitted accessories are allowed.

RORO overseas shipping is a very popular way of transporting cargo to other countries. The idea was created and developed by the Japanese car manufacturers to ship their cars to USA and Europe in a fast and efficient manner by using specialized ships called “vehicle carriers”. Nowadays RORO carriers can handle not just cars, but all types of motorized, rolling and even static cargo: trucks, boats, buses, motor homes, travel trailers, tractors, excavators, cranes, and other high & heavy equipment and machinery.

International RORO shipping is popular with exporters and importers of cars and vehicles mainly for 2 reasons: cost and efficiency.The cargo is simply “rolled on” the vessel at the port of loading and “rolled off” the vessel at the overseas destination. Everything is handled by the port workers. There’s no need to hire and pay export warehouse for crating, container packing, flat rack loading, port delivery.This helps in keeping the cost of international shipping down.



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