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Import a Car from UK to NZ – UK Car Imports

Have you wanted to import a car from UK to NZ?  The vehicle importation process is straightforward and can save you thousands of dollars in comparison to purchasing a vehicle locally. No need to worry about all the red tape involved in bringing in your next car or cars to New Zealand, as we’re one of the largest NZ freight forwarders, and have more experience than our competitors.

How much does it cost to ship a car from UK to NZ?

The cost to ship a vehicle to New Zealand from the UK (for example), costs as little as $3625.00 including GST for a standard sedan.

An example of the costs involved in shipping a vehicle from the London, UK to NZ based on a purchase value of GBP 20,000.00 is as follows:

Freight –      $3500.00

Insurance – $725.00

NZ Customs GST  – $6600.00 On Car purchase price GBP20,000 and freight

Agency Fee – Inclusive

MAF –          Inclusive

Biosecurity – Inclusive

Customs Duty – Nil

Which documents will i to need to import my car?

The car import documents you will require are as follows:
Bill of Sale
Copy of Passport or Car Licence I.D
Power of Attorney (USA)
NZ Customs import code
Proof of clear title (UK HPI Gold Report)
Certificate of Title (USA)

Please refer to our Resources Page as some documents required may vary depending on whether you are importing from the US, UK, or Australia

What’s the Vehicle Import Process?

Here at Extreme Global we understand the process of importing.

Be it from Australia, the UK or the USA.

Be it by RORO or containerized.

Be it new or used, a classic or even a non-runner

The process is similar and we can manage it all.

Extreme Global are Vehicle Shipping Specialists.

Buying your Car from Overseas

Firstly, the purchase. When purchasing a vehicle, make sure you get a good feel about the seller. Check the selling history and most importantly, make sure there isn’t any finance owed on the vehicle. Check if there is a Lien outstanding against the title in the USA or via the HPI Report in the UK.

Imported Vehicle Standards

Make sure you have done your homework on what you are allowed to bring in.

Issues regarding vehicle age, left hand drive cars, car emissions standards and frontal impact standards are examples of areas to look at.   Check our resources area for access to more information.


If you need assistance purchasing the vehicle, let us know.  We have Procurement Agents in the UK that can source and buy the vehicle as well as manage VAT recovery. Talk to us before you buy.

Our Agents

Our overseas agents can arrange pick up of the vehicle and delivery to the container depot and port.   They will manage all the export documentation for the seller and you, the buyer.

Car Shipping

The most cost-effective way to bring in most cars and SUV’s to New Zealand is in containers.

However, we have RORO services for the larger Motorhomes and Vans if they cannot fit.

RORO vessel operators have a strict NO supplementary cargo policy.

That means no goods or personal effects are allowed in the vehicle.

Our services load weekly to New Zealand.

Check out our shipping services on our schedules page if you are considering importing a car into NZ.

Cleaning and Border Security

You must make sure the vehicle is as clean as possible. I.e. Free of dirt and foreign matter otherwise border quarantine services MPI will require further cleaning. This is a cost that you could do without.

Marine Insurance

For peace of mind we require all vehicle to have comprehensive Marine cover. It is very reasonably priced and cover a wide range of potential hazards associated with sea freight importing.  Extreme Global can help you with this.

Local Paperwork

Prior to discharge we process the paperwork through NZ Customs and Ministry of Primary Industry -MPI and raise any duty or GST charges.

For returning citizens there are also opportunities for exemption of GST.  Talk to us about this.

Port or Depot Release

MPI Inspections and IVS Structural Inspections are undertake at either the port for the RORO service or for containers, at our depot, an MPI compliant specialist vehicle unpacking facility.  

Once formal border activities and customs clearance has been completed, freight and GST paid, we can release the Vehicle.  This typically takes 3-4 working days to process.


Finally, we can deliver the vehicle directly to your nominated compliance centre or your home.

5-Star Concierge Service

Should you require, we have a be-spoke Concierge service that will manage the who compliance process tailored to your specific needs.

We pride ourselves in making the importation of your vehicle straight forward. We offer safe, time saving and convenient transportation importing services of your treasured asset straight to your door nationwide.  Request a quote.

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