Import of Personal & Household Effects

Personal and Household effects, Import Clearance Guidelines  

These are the documents that we require in order to complete the import clearance of your personal effects shipment: 

  • Completed and signed Unaccompanied Personal Baggage Declaration (UPBD)
  • Fully itemised and numbered list of contents of import goods, which corresponds with the numbered boxes/packages of your consignment
  • Clear, colour copies of photo page of passport and applicable VISA of all persons listed on the UPBD
  • Freight invoice showing freight paid to ship consignment, if pre-paid at origin
  • Purchase receipts for any new/unused goods
  • New Zealand Quarantine Declaration, completed by the party responsible for packing the container at origin

 When your consignment consists of a vehicle and/or motorbike the following additional documentation is required: 

  • Completed Client Code application with corresponding required documentation – as per application (IFL will submit to NZ Customs on your behalf)
  • Proof of ownership and proof of purchase date

   ** Vehicle must be de-registered at origin**

 All the above-mentioned documents must be provided to IFL for import clearance to be completed, at least 72 hours prior to vessel arrival, to avoid clearance delays and additional charges

Please note: All documents must be completed by yourself, IFL cannot complete any documents on your behalf.  Please ensure you know what items are restricted by looking on the New Zealand Customs and Ministry of Primary Industry websites

For more information, forms and guides, please check our Resources page.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • 20' General Purpose Container: 28m3
  • 20' High Cube NOR Container: 28m3
  • 20' Standard NOR Container: 24m3
  • 40' General Purpose Container: 55m3
  • 40 'High Cube NOR Container: 55m3
  • 40' High Cube Container : 62m3

*This is maximum stowage capacity and will vary depending on the actual cargo type and cargo configuration.

 NOR = Non Operating Reefer

It is entirely your choice and although we cannot insist either way we can give you guidance.  There are several options for doing so if you wish to take Insurance cover. Remember the ‘MSC Rena’ grounding on a reef near Tauranga?   That’s a reminder of what can occur in transit irrespective of what freight forwarder or shipping line you use.  Also be aware that the Terms of Sale of your shipment will dictate the responsibility for insurance cover so it’s important to understand these when you agree your sale / purchase.  For regular shipments it would be more practical, as well as cost effective, to arrange an open-policy insurance cover.  International Freight Logistics can arrange insurance cover on your behalf if requested in writing prior to shipment, with cost on application.

Related Resources

Biosecurity Information

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New Zealand Customs

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