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Importing cars to NZ? Complete any kind of vehicle shipping & relocation with us.

You’re only going to trust a highly experienced team to relocate your treasured vehicle. From motorcycles and classic cars to trucks and construction machinery, Rocket Freight have done it all and bought the t-shirt.

We know exactly what needs to happen through each step of the process and have an extensive worldwide network to make sure everything runs as smoothly as a Ferrari 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 engine.

We are a reliable, family-run business committed to providing you with fast, cost-effective car shipping service. That’s why we are available 24/7 and won’t shuffle you around from person to person like the big old dinosaur freight firms.

No matter where you are in the world, we ensure door to door delivery with no drama.


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Helping you relocate all kinds of vehicles

Importing cars to NZ or moving a vehicle from one country to another might seem simple, but every country has different regulations and requirements, making it hard to navigate through all the small print and documentation. Missing even one step can cause delays or end up costing you more than you would like.

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On top of choosing the best way to ship your vehicle, you have to consider compliance, tariffs, duty, licensing, registration, certification, customs charges, and quarantine.

Phew! With so much to organise, having a dedicated team at your beckon call will make the process a dream and get your vehicle delivered faster, cheaper and when you need it.

"Rocket Freight have provided us with unequalled quality service for both our domestic and international freight shipping solution requirements. Their communications are outstanding and are always on hand to provide solid and relevant advice and guidance to provide freight solutions, and updates on the status of important shipments and deliveries.”

KANE MIDDLETON, Outrider Motorcycles

KANE MIDDLETON, Outrider Motorcycles

From the archives...

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"Thinking about a world tour? We had a customer who wanted to tour the USA in a Unimog! How cool is that?! We packed this huge vehicle into a 40ft Container and sent it on its way for the best price in town. What would be your dream destination? What vehicle would you choose to take?
If you can dream it we can do it. We specialise in finding custom made shipping solutions for you. Get in touch with us today and make your shipping dream a reality."

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Worldwide touring, holidays and racing events

Don’t want to move permanently but just want a holiday and to take your vehicle with you?

Be it a motorcycle, caravan or a classic 1928 Ford Model A Roadster we and make your dream touring holiday a reality and help you safely get the vehicle to where you want to go and home again. Along with the great memories! 

We are experts in temporary import approvals and carnet de passage documentation allowing you to visit countries without paying taxes and in some cases also drive on the road legally in different countries with your original country of origin registration plates.

Let us help you today!

From motorcycle or classic car club tours with multiple cars or motorcycles, to the individual backpacker needing the bare bones price, we can look at all your options and provide solutions to your dreams.

Talk to us ASAP if you need advice about importing cars to NZ.

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Things to consider...

Good things take time

Moving vehicles doesn’t happen overnight (but hey try us!). We know all the transportation tricks and will do everything in our power to get your vehicle to its destination as quickly as possible and keep you fully updated along the way. 

We know the passion you have for your vehicles and we take that seriously!

Tax exemptions

Each country has different tax rates for vehicle shipping and relocations. Rocket Freight knows all the best ways to help reduce your tax liability to the required minimum. For instance, if you are importing to New Zealand you may be able to gain tax free entry on your beloved vehicle. Get in touch today to see how we can save your hard earned money.

Know your local car shipping laws

Each country has specific regulations surrounding the import and export of vehicles. Some require left-hand drives to be converted to right-hand (or vice versa), many require vehicle import permits, others don't allow vehicles of a specific make, model or year. Like many countries, New Zealand requires all new and used vehicles to be certified by a licensed  NZ Transport Agency approved certifiers before they can be used on-road, along with other safety compliance measures.

At Rocket Freight, it's our job to know all the details, so you don't have to worry about them.

We will help make sure your vehicle complies with all the regulations. Unlike other companies, if we spot something before we start the vehicle shipping process that will affect the compliance and registration process in New Zealand or any other country we will tell you. Generally we advise you not to ship until we can rectify the situation or in some occasions advise you not to ship at all. We are here to help you make the right decision not bolster shipping numbers and sales. 

If there's something we can't do personally, (like the actual certification and compliance), we will put you in touch with trusted partners and suppliers to help with the process, all of which we have worked with for many years and share the same values and goals as us.

How to Import a Car to New Zealand

Importing cars to NZ involves a meticulous process:

  • Within 18 months from your date of arrival in New Zealand, you must have submitted or processed your applications for importing your car or vehicle.
  • You have personal ownership of the car or vehicle within a period of 12 months in a country outside of NZ.
  • Authorised governing bodies are in-charge of verifying documents that show proof of ownership such as vehicle registration certificates and such verification must have been completed before vehicles are dispatched to their designated NZ ports.

Moreover, in addition to appropriate government authorities thoroughly inspecting vehicles prior to shipment, owners need to secure a car and vehicle customs clearance for a hassle-free relocation.

If you have concerns, need advice or would like to know more about importing a car into New Zealand, please do not hesitate to approach our team at Rocket Freight. You can get in touch with us and consult our in-house customs brokers and international car shipping experts. They will be able to provide salient information and viable car importing solutions.

The best way to ship your vehicle

Rocket Freight has been around the block and back when it comes to moving vehicles and international shipping. There are a few different options when it comes to physically relocating your vehicle from one country to another and we will advise you on the best method for your specific vehicle and situation.

We may employ roll-on-roll-off (RORO) to drive it on and off a cargo ship - it’s like a ferry below deck. Or, a containerised service may be the best service for you either consolidated with others or in your own personal or shipping line hired container. Whatever the case, we keep you posted throughout the entire shipping process and you can be sure your vehicle will be safe and secure during its exciting journey home.

All the logistics and physical transportation services involved are taken care of in all methods of shipping, plus we help you to gather and complete all the associated documentation and compliance paperwork.

If you can dream it, we can do it.

We specialise in finding custom made international car shipping solutions for you. If anyone tells you it can't be shipped, then give us a call, and we will find a way!

Get in touch with us today to make your shipping dream a reality. 

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