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Looking to Import Car Japan to NZ?

Pioneers of the door-to-door service, Daiwa is constantly expanding and innovating their services. In turn, ensuring their customers’ needs are met in the most cost-effective and efficient way in order to import car Japan to NZ.

Load Ports

Moji, Osaka, Nagoya, Yokohama

Discharge Ports

Auckland, Lyttleton, Wellington, Nelson

Estimated Time

16-33 days

Shipping Methods

Roll On/Roll Off (RO/RO) & Containerised

Import Cars from Japan to New Zealand

Import Cars From Japan To New Zealand

Japan to New Zealand Contact Form:

    Import Car Japan to NZ:

    In the Japanese Used Car Market, to import cars from Japan to New Zealand is one of the highest volume destinations. For instance, in 2018 there were 116,253 used vehicles shipped by Roll On/Roll Off (RO/RO) and Container to import cars from Japan to New Zealand.

    In fact, Japan to NZ car shipping via a RO/RO vessel is the most common transport method. However, car shipping Japan to NZ via a container is a specialised option usually preferred for luxury vehicles.

    Above all, Daiwa Logistics Co., Ltd. is a complete service provider of international transport and logistics to import car Japan to NZ. We have an experienced team that handles the complete process at competitive rates. Starting from pick up at your Auction House of choice in Japan, right through to Compliance. Lastly, delivery to your Yard, throughout New Zealand.

    Most importantly, to make sure that when you import cars from Japan to New Zealand it aligns with Vehicle Compliance Regulations, you can refer to the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA). Alternatively, contact our New Zealand Shipping Agent, Dolphin Shipping New Zealand. 

    http://www.dolphinshipping.co.nz/

    However, Daiwa can help you to not only direct import cars Japan to NZ but also import vehicles from Japan of any kind. In other words, anything from heavy machinery, motorhomes, motorbikes & more. Daiwa is your one-stop shop to import vehicles from Japan. Therefore, whether you are a private individual looking at importing a car from Japan or a vehicle dealer that regularly import cars Japan to NZ, look no further.

    Import Cars Japan to NZ – Door to Door Shipping Service Explained:

    Step One: Daiwa will begin the process to import used cars from Japan to New Zealand by gathering the required documentation from your supplier, yourself and then arrange transport to the nearest international car transport processing yard.

    Step Two: Daiwa provides a Pre-Export Inspection which helps importers and internet buyers by providing a licensed and independent assessment of a cars overall condition before you import car Japan to NZ.

    Step Three: Daiwa will prepare the export clearance and book the space on a vessel that can import car from Japan to New Zealand. The car is then inspected pre-export by an authorised agent such as JEVIC to check matters like odometer verification, biosecurity inspection, vehicle documentation and heat treatment if needed.

    Step Four: The car is then loaded into an international car carrier subject to space availability and shipping schedules that can import car Japan to NZ. Daiwa Logistics is then able to put you in direct contact with our New Zealand freight agent Dolphin Shipping for a smooth transition point once the vessel arrives.

    Step Five: The car is then unloaded onto one of New Zealand’s ports, ready to be inspected and transported to a compliance centre that checks if your car complies with New Zealand road regulations. Once approved and registered your car will be delivered to your chosen destination in New Zealand.

    Also, in addition to Daiwa Logistics’ service to import cars Japan to NZ, Dolphin Shipping New Zealand can arrange nationwide transport. Importantly, we truly believe that car shipping Japan to New Zealand is about providing a completely hassle-free process. Through their Dolphin Cartage website, you are able to place bookings for New Zealand-wide transport.

    https://www.dolphincartage.co.nz/

    New Zealand Compliance & On-Road Standards:

    New Zealand has very strict compliance and on-road standards. Below is some information that you should read before importing a car from Japan into New Zealand.

    Fasttrack Compliance is Daiwa’s New Zealand Compliance partner. After importing a car from Japan, Fasttrack arranges a mandatory inspection on all “Fresh Imports”. When the vehicle passes its inspection it is given a WOF “Warrant of Fitness”. More Information on Fasttrack Compliance is listed below.

    https://fasttrackcompliance.co.nz/

    ESC “Electronic Stability Control”

    Importantly, ESC is required on all vehicles. Therefore, to import cars Japan to NZ you must ensure they meet ESC requirements. For reference, below is some information from the NZ Transport Agency on what ESC looks like for different manufacturers.

    https://vehicleinspection.nzta.govt.nz/virms/entry-certification/technical-bulletins/esc-id

    Takata Airbag Recall

    Before you import vehicles from Japan, you must ensure that there are no required Takata Airbag Recalls outstanding on the vehicle. Before you export car to New Zealand, Daiwa Logistics’ Export Inspection Company, JEVIC, ensures that the required recalls have been carried out.

    https://www.jevic.com/jevic-initiatives/customer-site/takata-airbag-recall-search.html

    Alternatively, the NZTA lists further information on Airbag recalls on the below link.

    https://vehicleinspection.nzta.govt.nz/virms/entry-certification/technical-bulletins/takata-airbag-recall

    FAQs – Vehicle Import / Import Cars from Japan to New Zealand

    How long does shipping cars from Japan to NZ take?

    Car shipping Japan to New Zealand using Daiwa usually takes between 16 to 33 days depending on the specifications of the car, shipment schedules, and the port of entry in New Zealand. New Zealand’s main ports of entry when you import cars from Japan to New Zealand are Auckland, Lyttleton, Wellington, and Nelson. Daiwa’s excellent relationships with many shipping lines in Japan allow us to direct import cars from Japan to NZ promptly. Once you have accepted a quote from Daiwa and proceeded with payment your car will be booked onto the next available Japan to NZ shipping vessel. Daiwa also suggests taking into account that import cars from Japan to New Zealand still need to go through New Zealand Customs and Compliance before being released or delivered to you.

    What extra charges are there when you import cars from Japan to New Zealand?

    When you import cars from Japan to New Zealand with Daiwa there are no hidden costs as we offer a complete set package. However, you will have to cover the import tax (GST) personally when you import cars from Japan to New Zealand. When you import car Japan to NZ  they are exempted from the tariff duty and are only going to be subjected to the goods and services tax (GST) of 15%. This tax is charged on all goods entering New Zealand from other countries including import cars from Japan to New Zealand. The customer will have to personally cover this cost on top of the vehicle and Japan to NZ car shippingImport cars from Japan to New Zealand can end up being more than you initially budgeted if you don’t research and calculate the tax you need to pay before you import cars from Japan to New Zealand. Most people who import cars from Japan to New Zealand prefer the services of a dealer who will arrange the appropriate documentation for an import car Japan to NZ and even will arrange the car shipping Japan to New Zealand with a company like Daiwa. The costs for this service to import car from Japan to New Zealand with a dealer should also incorporate the goods and services tax (GST).

    However, if you are an immigrant or a New Zealander returning after more than 21 months from overseas you may be entitled to get concessions on vehicles, boats and planes. This means that you might not have to pay GST and duties on certain items if you are eligible. You are also allowed more than one duty-free import car from Japan to New Zealand as long as you meet the Concessionary Requirements for each car. If you direct import cars from Japan to NZ through concession, a condition is you cannot sell or dispose of the vehicle, boat or plane within two years. If you sell your car within two years of bringing it into NZ duty-free, you must pay the Customs duty and GST for the import car from Japan to New Zealand. To qualify for a concession for a duty-free import car from Japan to New Zealand you will need to meet the requirements to have personally owned the vehicle, boat or plane for at least 1 year before your departure for New Zealand, or the car shipping Japan to New Zealand. If you don’t qualify for concessions to import cars from Japan to New Zealand duty-free you will have to pay the below:

    • GST on motorcycles, cars and planes
    • GST and Customs duty of 5% on private boats (yachts and other vessels for pleasure or sport)
    • GST and Customs duty of 5% on motor vehicles for transporting more than 10 people or more, including the driver (as per tariff description)
    • GST and Customs duty of 10% on camper vans, ambulances and motor homes.

    Can Daiwa import car from Japan to New Zealand if I have already purchased the car from a different supplier and what services do we provide?

    Yes once you have purchased a car from a Japanese used car supplier or auction house, you can inform the supplier to choose Daiwa as your preferred Japanese used car exporter for Japan to NZ car shipping. Daiwa has the ability and relationships to coordinate used car export with any of the major vehicle suppliers in Japan and therefore the process is straightforward for exporting cars from Japan to New Zealand. Daiwa import car Japan to NZ while offering innovative services to ensure their customer’s needs are met in the most cost-effective and efficient way. Daiwa services include:

    • Transportation of your vehicle from the Auction House to Daiwa’s closest Forwarding yards when we direct import cars from Japan to NZ.
    • Pre-shipment photographs of all direct import cars from Japan to NZ.
    • An import car Japan to NZ requires pre-export inspections which Daiwa provides.
    • Export clearance for Japan to NZ car shipping.
    • Japan to NZ car shipping schedules and booking arrangements.
    • The de-vanning/stuffing of container shipments for Japan to NZ car shipping.
    • An import car Japan to NZ comes with marine insurance.
    • Repairs & Maintenance is provided for all import car Japan to NZ. 
    • The loading of your vehicle onto a vessel that can import cars from Japan to New Zealand 
    • When you import car Japan to NZ, Daiwa will track and report the entire journey for you.

    What documents and information do you need from me to import cars from Japan to New Zealand?

    Import used cars from Japan to New Zealand will need to present documentation to New Zealand Customs and Daiwa throughout the process of car shipping Japan to New Zealand. Daiwa advises checking and gathering this information before the process of car shipping Japan to NZ begins in order for everything to go smoothly. As a guide, here are some of the information you need to present to Customs and Daiwa in order to import cars from Japan to New Zealand:

    • You will need to provide a Purchase Invoice (Proof of Legal Title) when you direct import cars from Japan to NZ.
    • You will need to provide the full details of the seller, buyer, and vehicle (make, model, year, and chassis number) when you direct import cars from Japan to NZ.
    • You will need to provide proof of emission standards, frontal impact standards, and overall standards when you import car from Japan to New Zealand.
    • You will need to provide a fuel consumption certificate when you import car from Japan to New Zealand.
    • You will need to meet the standard of the light-vehicle brake for electronic stability control (ESC) when you import car from Japan to New Zealand.
    • You will need to meet the standard of heavy-brake standards when you import car from Japan to New Zealand.
    • When you import cars from Japan to New Zealand over 660cc you will need to provide an original export certificate issued by Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) or a completion inspection certificate.
    • When you import cars from Japan to New Zealand less than 660cc for example mini-vehicles you will need to provide a certificate issued by the Light-Motor Vehicle Inspection Organisation.

    When car shipping Japan to New Zealand this documentation is very important and if you miss any steps in this process it could lead to major delays for your import car Japan to NZ. All the documents for import cars from Japan to New Zealand will need to translated and presented in English for New Zealand Customs. If you need more information on car shipping from Japan to New Zealand please go to the New Zealand Customs website or contact our team at Daiwa. Daiwa can help you to import cars from Japan to New Zealand by providing a declaration that allows Daiwa to act on your behalf to clear imported goods for example vehicles from customs control and into New Zealand.

    New Zealand Customs: https://www.customs.govt.nz/

    Is it safe to import cars from Japan to New Zealand?

    Vehicle import from Japan to New Zealand started over 30 years ago, providing New Zealand with a cheaper car option. It allows New Zealanders to have access to better value and a wider model range. Used import vehicles from Japan are also known for having lower kilometres and better specifications than other second-hand cars bought overseas and in New Zealand. Daiwa helps you import car Japan to NZ safely by supporting you through every step of the process from supply, purchase, and distribution. Daiwa is also one of the highest qualified Japanese exporters, who can provide car shipping Japan to NZ with a complete door-to-door service. The Japanese used car market is acknowledged worldwide to be consistent, reasonable, and forever increasing with just over 80,700 used vehicles being imported into New Zealand last year. The import car from Japan to New Zealand market gives New Zealanders the best combination of quality, price, safety, and economy with extra support from companies like Daiwa Logistics.

    Most import cars from Japan to New Zealand Are acquired online through a Japanese Auction House. It is way easier to purchase a vehicle online, however it allows you to be more susceptible to internet fraud. Our team at Daiwa advises you to research the website or Auction House before purchasing a car. Our team at Daiwa can suggest reliable Auction Houses or Agents that specialise in import cars from Japan to New Zealand. Daiwa helps customers safely import cars from Japan to New Zealand by offering knowledge, marine insurance, and assistance throughout the car shipping Japan to NZ process. Daiwa considers marine insurance to be very important with car shipping Japan to New Zealand and included in their comprehensive package. There is always a chance something could happen at sea. Marine insurance takes care of the loss or damage of a vessel and its cargo which covers your import car from Japan to New Zealand.

    When car shipping Japan to NZ, how are the cars transported?

    Daiwa is capable of doing a range of jobs for private individuals who want to import car Japan to NZ or vehicle dealers that repeatedly import cars from Japan to New Zealand. Daiwa can help you not only direct import cars from Japan to NZ but also import vehicles from Japan of any kind, from heavy machinery, motorbikes, boats, motor-homes & more. Daiwa frequently securely packs and transports vehicles via containers or Roll-On/Roll-Off (RO/RO) when they import car Japan to NZ. These are flexible options that load on to most major ports like New Zealand. Car shipping Japan to NZ via a Roll-On/Roll-Off vessel is the more economical option when you import car from Japan to New Zealand. Roll-On/Roll-Off car shipping Japan to NZ allows customers such as car dealers to import car from Japan to New Zealand in large or small numbers on the same vessel depending on reservations and shipping schedules. Another option Daiwa provides is to direct import cars from Japan to NZ using a container. An import car from Japan to NZ using a container is more pricey and usually used for luxury import cars from Japan to New Zealand. However, if this is your preferred option for car shipping Japan to NZ we suggest filling up the container in order to make it worthwhileNo matter if you choose to import car Japan to NZ via containers or Roll-On/Roll-Off (RO/RO) Daiwa will quickly be able to commence the car shipping Japan to NZ process quickly.