Import guide for used cars, trucks from Japan to New Zealand

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New Zealand

Importing to New Zealand is very easy although in recent years the Government there have tightened up a lot on the regulations regarding the types of vehicles that can be imported. Please see below for more info:

Importing into Botswana is very easy and there are no major restrictions. Please see below for more info:

There are usually 1 to 2 ships a month leaving from Nagoya and they take around 3 weeks to reach Auckland port, slightly longer for other ports.

Clearance and delivery from the destination port

You will have to contact a local customs clearance agent to find out about clearance rates and fees. Although generally it is less than NZ$1000.

Inspections and local regulations

Basically if you go by the rule of selecting cars that were manufactured from the year 200 onwards. If it is a Diesel vehicle then it has to be manufactured from the year 2006 onwards.

Once cleared your vehicle will have to be inspected and then stamped with a V.I.N. number. Please contact us here if you do not already know of a reliable Inpection centre.

Why buy direct from Japan?

Many people choose to buy directly from Japan because quite simply you will be getting a better quality vehicle, with a lower mileage at a cheaper price. Vehicles made in Japan often have the highest grade options fitted as standard. We estimate that when you add everything up you will be saving at least NZ$1500 compared with a similar quality vehicle bought locally.