Importing a Caravan to NZ
Travelling by caravan is becoming increasingly popular as Kiwis invest in luxuries they’ve always wanted. Caravanning is very popular in the UK, and thanks to Extreme Global’s UK-based partners it’s now easier than ever before, when importing a caravan into NZ due to our specialist loading and consolidated costs.
Simply find what you like online from the vast range of UK caravan manufacturers and sales agents or take a trip to the UK and hand-pick your new or used caravan! We’ll do the rest!
How much does it cost to import a caravan to New Zealand?
Before you make a purchase, make sure you account for the Duty charge – Caravans 5%, and the import GST – 15% on the purchase price plus the duty charge. Use our Instant Quote Calculator for charges.
If you’re not sure how to calculate this, we can help – ask for a quote today.
An example of the costs involved in shipping a medium sized 6.5M – 7.5M caravan from the UK to NZ vehicle based on a purchase value of GBP15,000 is as follows:
Freight – NZ$ 7800.00
Insurance – NZ$ 625.00
Duty 5% – On the Caravan purchase price (NZ$1500 Indicative government charges)
NZ Customs GST – 15% on all the above including Caravan purchase price of GBP15,000 NZ$6000 – Indicative government charge.
Which documents will I need to import my caravan?
Bill of Sale
A scanned copy of your Passport or Vehicle Licence I.D (Photograph)
NZ Customs import client code or application
Proof of clear title (Required when importing from the UK – HPI Gold Report)
Please refer to our caravan Resources Page due the variation of documents required may when importing from the UK, US, or Australia.
Caravan Importing Process
Overseas Caravan Purchasing
Rule No.1 – Always check the credibility of the seller. Check out the selling history and that there is no finance still outstanding on the caravan. Make sure that there is no Lien outstanding against the title in the USA or in the case of UK imports, request a HPI Report.
If you need assistance sourcing your caravan. We have Procurement Agents in the UK that can source and buy your caravan as well as managing your VAT recovery. Chat to us before purchasing.
Imported Vehicle Standards into NZ
All caravan require Compliance for electrical, gas and self-containment (toilet & waste water). You will require an authorised agent to complete this work. We can recommend authorised service providers.
Our Overseas Agents
Following confirmation of the location of your caravan, our overseas agents can arrange pickup and delivery to the container loading station. They will manage all the export documentation for the seller and you, the buyer.
We load every week from three regional terminals, with the cut off normally on a Tuesday for the weekend sailings.
We liaise closely with our agent and suppliers to ensure smooth deliver and loading.
Loading additional contents into your Caravan
We often get asked: ‘Can I load additional contents or personal effects into my caravan.’ The answer is YES, as long as we are loading your Caravan into a container. Roll On Roll Off vessels have different rules. You would need to declare your additional items which would be subject to customs duty and GST. (where applicable).
There is however a strict NO supplementary cargo policy which RORO vessel operators strictly apply.
Larger motorhomes and caravans that cannot fit into a container, have to option of using RORO services. Speak to us before you buy as the border security factors require full understanding to ensure a successful outcome. I.e No goods or personal effects are allowed to be loaded on the RORO service.
Cleaning and Border Security Requirements
Your caravan must be as clean as possible. In other words, free of dirt and any other foreign matter. Should this not be the case on arrival to New Zealand, NZ border quarantine services (Ministry of Primary Industry – MPI will require further cleaning to be done. These sorts of additional costs can be avoided by ensuring the caravan is cleaned before delivery to our Depot’s in the UK.
Marine Cargo Insurance
At Extreme Global, we require all caravans to have comprehensive Marine Cover while in transit between origin and final destination. Our rates are very reasonably priced, and we cover a wide range of potential hazards associated with ocean freight importing.
Local Shipping Paperwork
Prior to the discharging of your cargo, we process all the local shipping paperwork through New Zealand Customs and MPI and raise any duty or GST charges.
If you’re a returning NZ resident or citizens, there are also opportunities for the GST to be exempt. Eg. Personal effects – Speak to us regarding your circumstances.
NZ Depot Release
MPI Inspection is are undertake at either the port for the RORO service, or at our depot, for containers, which are all MPI compliant specialist vehicle unpacking facilities.
Once formal border and customs clearance has been completed, freight, Duty and GST paid, we can release the Vehicle. This typically takes 3-4 working days to process.
Should you require delivery to your nominated compliance centre or your home, we can arrange this on a specialist vehicle carrier.