What You Need to Know About Moving to New Zealand

Welcome to the emerald jewel of the South Pacific, New Zealand

The cosmopolitan culture is on the rise, and places like New Zealand has emerged as a popular choice among global citizen. If you have been looking for the place that offers comfortable lifestyle and high living standard, then New Zealand could be on your mind. Clean, green and technically advanced, the land has everything that could make it a perfect choice to settle in this beautiful country. Read this guide to get a hassle-free Moving to New Zealand from Singapore

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Let our international removal team manage your New Zealand relocation and get ready to welcome by one of the most beautiful countries. You just name the city and our team will help you in settling into a new city. Our services are available in cities like  Wellington, Auckland, Tauranga, Gisborne, New Plymouth, Whanganui, Whangarei, Palmerston North, Hamilton, Dunedin and many more.

New Zealand, the land welcomes people from sections of life with an open arm. Whether it is your corporate commitments that have brought you to New Zealand or it is your personal dreams that motivated you to relocate to this beautiful land, plan your relocation to NZ with APAC for a comfortable and flawless with us.

From custom clearance to quarantine, everything is managed by our experts on client’s behalf

Whether you are visiting New Zealand for study,work,live permanently or to join family, it is important to get a visa. One can apply for visa online as well. There are agents that help people in completing the formality of immigration. These agents manage all the legal procedure and paperwork.

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Relocating New Zealand with APAC Relocation

Whether you want to relocate your office to NZ or moving with a family with all the belongings, our professional removal service ensures professional service. We pay attention to each and every detail, it is not just safely packing and moving the goods, but we also ensure that the goods get the entry in a land without mutilating any law or rule. From custom clearance to quarantine, everything is managed by our experts on client’s behalf. All you have to do is to share your details with us and rest will be managed by the experts.

Our strong network and flawless fright services have made us a popular choice for relocating to New Zealand. Request a quote online or call our experts for estimation and learn how our experts can help you in packing and moving goods to New Zealand.

Request a quote online now or get the free estimation with our calculator and plan your relocation with us.

Contact Us: To make an enquiry or request a quote, find us on the below-given address. 2, Ang Mo Kio Street 64, #02-03A, Econ Building, Singapore 569084 Phone: +65 6520 1914

Moving to New Zealand from Singapore

Helping people in relocating locally and globally since 2012.  Fill up the form or use our relocation estimation calculator and get an idea about the moving cost.

There are lots of employment opportunities in New Zealand. APAC Relocations is aware of the formalities for movement and they assist you with local and international movements. APAC has complete knowledge of the rules and regulations for shipment to New Zealand.

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Documents Required
  • Passport copy

  • Original Bill of Lading (OBL) / air waybill (AWB)

  • Treatment / cleaning certificates for the shipment goods

  • CITES permit, if applicable

  • Detailed inventory valued and in English

  • Copy of prescriptions for prescribed drugs

  • Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) supplementary declaration form, if applicable

  • Unaccompanied personal baggage declaration

  • List of wine collections with evidence showing the wine has been collected over a period of time and is of various types

  • Receipts for new items

  • Residence visa / residence permit, if applicable

  • Work visa / work permit (minimum of 12 months / skilled migrant / long-term business visa or permit)

  • Visitor’s visa / permit issued for a minimum of 3 years

  • Trade single window – client registration application, if applicable

Specific Information
  • Household goods can be imported free of duty and tax (GST) if imported by a person who has arrived in New Zealand, and has one of the following

  • New Zealand / Australian passport

  • New Zealand residence visa / permit

  • Returning resident visa / permit

  • New Zealand work visa / permit issued for a minimum of 12 months

  • Permanent resident visa

  • Returning resident visa issued by the government of the Commonwealth of Australia

  • Work visa / permit (minimum of 12 months / skilled migrant / long-term business visa / permit)

  • Visitor visa / permit issued for a minimum of 3 years

  • 5% duty will be applicable for furniture, kitchenware and some electrical and household goods at 5% on the “landed value” of the goods.

  • Landed value is the cost of the items plus freight and insurance.

  • GST of 15% will then be charged on the landed value including the duty.

  • The final amount payable to New Zealand Customs will be duty + GST

  • Personal jewelry, books, and clothing are not subject to duty or GST.

  • Any wood packaging used in shipments (crates, pallets etc.) must be constructed of approved treated timber and meet and display the internationally recognized ISPM 15 standard.

  • Any non-compliant timber may be destroyed, treated or re-exported to the country of origin at the owner of the goods’ expense.

  • The owner of the goods must be in present at the time of shipment arrival or duty and/or tax will be charged on the shipment, even if other criteria for duty and tax free entry of your goods is met.

  • Duty or tax paid at the time of entry of your goods cannot be reclaimed.

  • This revenue is not refundable even if at a later stage the owner of the goods obtains a qualifying visa, as at the time of importation they did not qualify for the concession and therefore the revenue was not paid in error.

  • All packing / inventory lists are screened by the MPI Quarantine Service to determine whether a consignment requires an examination or can be released immediately, but most consignments of personal effects and household goods require some kind of an inspection.

  • Common items that are inspected and of biosecurity interest include but are not limited to:

  • Food of any kind

  • Animal products such as meat (fresh or dried), eggs, dairy products, honey, skins, fur, feathers, bone, wool, hair, hunting trophies, fish/shell fish (fresh, dried, or frozen), Chinese traditional medicines, shells and coral, ivory

  • Plants or plant products such as fresh or dried fruit and cones, vegetables, plants/flowers live and dried, plant cuttings and bud wood, bulbs or roots, seeds, pine antique and/or handcrafted wooden ornaments/carvings, cane, bamboo, basket ware, straw, Chinese traditional medicines

  • Equipment used with animals and/or plants such as veterinary equipment/products, fishing gear, fish farming equipment, saddlery, work boots/clothing, pet bedding, gardening equipment/products and forestry equipment

  • Miscellaneous items such as vacuum cleaners, spiked, studded or sprigged footwear (e.g., golf shoes, soccer boots), hiking boots, soiled footwear, water sports equipment, bicycles, boats, vehicle parts, camping equipment/tents, barbeques, Christmas and/or Easter decorations, Pooja items

  • Some items may be required to be cleaned or treated for fumigation.

  • Items are subject to Customs discretion for seizure, destruction, or shipped back to the origin country at the owner of the goods’ expense.

  • It is recommended that all items that have come into contact with soil, grass, leaves, vegetation, water, seeds, animals, and insects should be thoroughly cleaned and free from any contamination.

  • Inheritance:

  • If the owner of the goods is a permanent resident of New Zealand, they may import inherited goods duty free with the following documents:

  • Copy of death certificate or letter from solicitor

  • Copy of will or certified copy of relevant extract of will showing the name of the beneficiary and their legacy

IAM Note: If owner of the goods does not have one of the above, at the time of arrival of the shipment into New Zealand, duty and tax (GST) will be payable to New Zealand Customs.

Documents Required
  • Copy of passport

  • Registration papers (prove length of ownership)

  • Car condition report

  • Sales invoice

  • Statement of compliance

  • Owner of the goods code form

  • Supplier code form

  • Deed of undertaking

Specific Information
  • Motor vehicles can be imported free of tariff duty and taxes if imported by a person who:

  • Has arrived in New Zealand

  • Holds a document authorizing residency at the time of import

  • Has lived abroad for more than 12 months

  • Has owned and personally used the goods 12 months prior to import

  • Must sign a deed of undertaking to confirm that the vehicle is for personal use and will not be sold for 2 years

  • GST of 15% will be applied to private vehicles that have not been owned / used for more than 12 months.

  • The vehicle must have been owned and used for at least 12 months prior to shipping or the owner of the goods’ departure for New Zealand, whichever is earlier

Documents Required
  • Vaccination record

  • Veterinary health certificate

  • Import permit (if necessary)

Specific Information
  • Check with agent regarding restrictions / prohibitions on the import of certain breeds of dogs.

  • Some of the prohibited breeds include:

  • American Pit Bull Terrier

  • Brazilian Fila

  • Dogo Argentino

  • Japanese Tosa

Documents Required
  • B.A.D.A certificate of authenticity (obtained from approved antique dealers)

  • Commercial invoice (if purchased less than 12 months prior to import of goods)

Specific Information
  • Antiques are considered items over 100 years old.

  • Can be imported duty and tax (GST) free provided they are not for re-sale and have proof of ownership for more than 12 months.

  • If the goods were purchased less than 12 months prior to import they are subject to duty (approx. 7%) plus 15% GST on their landed value.

  • If they are certified to be over 100 years old and the owner of the goods can show a letter / proof of antiquity the duty will not apply and the import will only be subject to 15% GST.

  • Firearms or parts (a permit issued by the New Zealand Police is required prior to import)

  • Ivory in any form, tortoise or sea turtle jewelry or ornaments, animal bone carvings, cat skins or coats, trophies of sea turtles, all big cats, rare reptiles, cranes, pheasants, bears, antelope and deer.

  • Live species of eagles, hawks, owls and parrots, many cacti, orchids, cycads, cyclamens and carnivorous plants.

  • The following items are subject to tariff duties as indicated:

    • Baby strollers 5%

    • Bags (handbags, briefcases) 5%

    • Bed linens and blankets 5%

    • Chinaware and cookware 5%

    • Cosmetics 5%

    • Curtains 5%

    • Cutlery 5%

    • Footwear 10%

    • Jewelry 5%

    • Lamps 5%

    • Perfume 5%

    • Pots and pans 5%

    • Saddles 5%

    • Sleeping bags 5%

    • Toys 5%

    • Wet suits 5%

  • Controlled drugs other than prescribed medicines including but not limited to LSD, heroin, cocaine, cannabis, ecstasy, steroids, human growth hormone, performance enhancing drugs, precursor substances

  • Pornographic materials or those that promote, incite, or instruct in matters of crime or violence, or misuse of drugs

  • Weapons including flick knives, butterfly knives, swordsticks, knuckle-dusters, disguised weapons, etc.

  • Drug paraphernalia

  • Goods designed with the intent to facilitate crime

  • Recommended: Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.

How Can APAC Relocation Help You?

APAC relocation owns a strong network of resources and can manage customs, quarantine, freight services, insurance etc. for its clients. We have a team of experienced moving professionals to aasure you safe & stress-free relocation to New Zealand. Our expert moving consultants offer you complete relocation assistance from start to finish.


We have helped thousands of expats to successfully move toNew Zealand every year

Just tell us the city you're moving to and we our expert moving crew will do the work for you. We have a flawless management to ensure that clients get nothing but the best relocation services.Whether you want to move with family or without family, our relocation service will help in settling in the new land with ease. We offer a range of packing options and shipment mode options (Air-Freight, LCL (Less than Container) shipments, FCL (Full Container) shipments, Groupage/shared shipping, and Excess baggage services) according to your requirement and budget.

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