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New Zealand Quarantine

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Personal Effects

New Zealand QuarantineNew Zealand relies heavily on the exportation of agricultural products around the world. For this reason it is important to ensure that the pests and diseases affecting other countries do not make it onto our shores. Quarantine charges including examination and treatment fees are usually in addition to your original removal quotation. The charges are dependent on where the shipment originated from, what specific items quarantine need to inspect/treat and the total quantity of the shipment.

High risk items that are prohibited from entering New Zealand are fresh fruit and vegetables, egg cartons, all honey and bee products including propolis and bee medications, leis and lei materials, straw and biological cultures and organisms (unless with prior approval).

In addition to this list, unless you have a CITES certificate, you will not be allowed to bring into New Zealand coral, clam, turtle and tortoise shells or ivory (in any form) or a number of other endangered species.

Like New Zealand Customs, MPI (Ministry for Primary Industries) require a declaration to be made. Once again, Transworld's import staff will supply and assist with the completion of these declarations.

Restricted items that require you to declare their presence are all foods, dried flowers, seeds, cane/bamboo/rattan items, pine cones and potpourri, wooden artifacts, items including feathers, bones, tusks, furs, skins, hunting trophies, stuffed animals and reptiles, unprocessed wool and animal hair, equipment used on animals including riding equipment, camping gear and any other items containing soil or water.

These items may require inspection and, if needed, be treated or destroyed. Generally all items that would normally be used outdoors will be examined to make sure they are free from soil and other contaminants, so make sure they are thoroughly cleaned. Make sure that your vacuum cleaner is thoroughly cleaned, the bag emptied, and disposed of (where necessary).

While this list identifies most of the common threats to New Zealand, the list is not exhaustive. If you are unsure about a particular item please feel free to contact us.

Motor Vehicles

All vehicles imported into New Zealand are subject to a quarantine inspection by a Quarantine Officer. This inspection must be undertaken at an approved transitional facility. All Transworld depots are approved transitional facilities. Quarantine charges including examination and treatment fees are usually additional to your original removal quotation.

It is advisable to clean the vehicle prior to shipping and it is important that the underside, wheel arches, bonnet, boot and interior are free from soil and other likely contaminants (leaves, grass, seeds etc). If contaminants are found, the vehicle will be cleaned by a quarantine approved treatment facility.

Contact us today for any questions you might have regarding New Zealand Quarantine.

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