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Moving to New Zealand from the UK for a teaching job?

A shipping guide to help you plan for moving to New Zealand

Shipping Guide for Teachers Moving to NZSo you’ve found yourself a teaching job in New Zealand - congratulations! Get ready for sunshine, laid-back locals and plenty of rugby.

Moving your whole life overseas can be a stressful time, but our team at Transworld are here to make the process simple and stress-free. With our door-to-door service, we take care of all your shipping needs, whether you’re making the move solo or with your family.

To get you started, we’ve put together some tips and advice for teachers moving to New Zealand from the UK.

  1. Shipping options
  2. New Zealand Customs
  3. What you can and can’t take


Shipping your personal belongings: your options

When it comes to moving to New Zealand from the UK, we’ve got plenty of shipping options for you. To find the one that suits your needs, ask yourself these questions:

  1. How much do you want to ship?
  2. What’s your budget?
  3. How soon do you want your goods to arrive?


FCL: for when you’re shipping a big load

FCL Shipping to NZFCL stands for Full Container Load, and as the name suggests, is well suited to those shipping their entire household to New Zealand. With a full container load to yourself, it’s also a fast and efficient way to ship your belongings, as you don’t have to wait for anybody else’s freight.

Once your container is packed and checked, it can be on its way to New Zealand.

Key benefits:

  1. Lots of space: you can fit your whole household into one of our containers.
  2. Fast shipping: with only your items to get loaded and checked, FCL is the fastest way to transport goods. Once they’re loaded, they can get on their way to New Zealand.
  3. Shipping to any location: we ship to anywhere to New Zealand.


Groupage: for when you’re happy to share the load

Our groupage option is great for those moving to New Zealand with fewer belongings. It allows you to share a container load with others, making it our most affordable shipping option.

Because the container won’t be shipped until it’s full, keep in mind it does take longer than our other options.

Key benefits:

  1. Cost effective: Our Groupage option is the most affordable shipping choice when moving to New Zealand, as you’re sharing the load with others.
  2. Space efficiency: You only pay for the amount of space you use.
  3. We ship to everywhere in New Zealand: Door-to-door service wherever your teaching job in New Zealand takes you.


Air Freight: for a speedy delivery

Air Freight to New ZealandThis option is great for those who need smaller items shipped urgently, like forgotten belongings or extra baggage. It is our fastest (and most expensive) option for moving to New Zealand.

Key benefits:

  1. Speed: This is the fasted way to get your belongings to New Zealand.
  2. Perfect for urgent items: This is the best way to get those last few things down to the southern hemisphere.
  3. We ship everywhere in New Zealand: We’ll get your belongings delivered to your door, wherever you are moving to.


How long will shipping take?

  1. FCL: After all your items have been loaded, shipping from the UK to New Zealand will take approximately 9-10 weeks.
  2. Groupage: For Groupage shipping, your belongings will typically take 10-12 weeks to arrive.
  3. Air Freight: As the fastest shipping options, air freight will usually take 2-3 weeks.

Want to know how much shipping to New Zealand from the UK costs? Get a free quote!


Customs and quarantine

NZ Customs and QuarantineNew Zealand is one of the most beautiful places in the world - which means it’s well protected! The Customs and Quarantine regulations are among some of the strictest in the world to prevent the introduction of harmful pests and diseases.

As a New Zealand company, we’ve had plenty of experience with New Zealand Customs and can guide you through the whole process.

We take care of:

  1. Providing all the documentation you’ll need
  2. Clearing your items upon arrival

What you need to do:

  1. Provide a copy of your passport
  2. Provide a copy of your Visa
  3. Complete the NZ Customs and Quarantine Declaration


What you can and can’t bring into New Zealand

What you can’t bring

What Can I Ship into New Zealand?New Zealand’s ‘biosecurity’ is very strict for obvious reasons and all shipments of household and personal effects need to be cleared by MPI (Ministry for Primary Industries) on arrival.

You need to make sure you are not shipping anything that could harbour pests or disease. Here are some practical steps to take to eliminate any risk:

  1. Clean dirt and soil from items like bikes, garden tools and outside furniture
  2. Make sure there isn’t any vegetation like leaves, grass or seeds
  3. Though some food is permissible, it’s best not to ship any
  4. Honey and all beekeeping equipment is prohibited
  5. Dairy products are prohibited
  6. Meat products are prohibited
  7. Fresh fruit and vegetables are prohibited
  8. Any items on the CITES list (endangered animal products) are prohibited, including ivory, coral   and clam shells


What you can bring: your pets

Moving Pets to New ZealandLanded the perfect teaching job in New Zealand but can’t quite bear to leave your pet at home? In most cases, you can bring your pet into New Zealand, but there are some strict regulations to be aware of.

The following animals aren’t allowed in:

  1. Live birds
  2. Ferrets
  3. Guinea pigs
  4. Mice and rats
  5. Snakes and other reptiles

The following dog breeds can’t be brought in (unless they’re a guide, blind or companion dog, or registered under the NZ Dog Control Act):

  1. American Pit Bull Terriers
  2. Brazilian Fila
  3. Dogo Argentino
  4. Japanese Tosa
  5. Perro de Presa Canario

You’ll need to provide the completed form, proof of the value of your pet, and evidence that you’ve registered your pet in New Zealand.

For some pets, you may need to provide proof of vaccination and evidence of ownership. You may have to pay GST for importing your pet.


What you can bring: your car

Shipping Vehicles to New ZealandWhen moving to New Zealand from the UK, you should be able to bring in your personal vehicle without paying GST (15%), this is New Zealand’s version of VAT. To be eligible to bring your vehicle into New Zealand GST free you need to:

  1. Have owned and used the vehicle for 12 months and
  2. Be a first time migrant with residency approved or have a work visa for more than 12 months
  3. If you are a returning New Zealander, you must have been away from the country for more than 21 months

Remember your vehicle must be compliant with New Zealand road safety standards. We’ll get you all the forms you need to fill out, and will just need you to provide:

  1. An invoice or receipt for the vehicle
  2. Registration details
  3. Certificate of permanent export from the UK
  4. Odometer reading


Other handy tips to get ready for life in New Zealand

Are You a Teacher Moving to NZ?Finding a teaching job in New Zealand has so many benefits - the laid-back Kiwi lifestyle, breathtaking scenery and lower cost of living, to name a few.

However, when moving to another country, it always pays to do your homework. To help make moving to New Zealand smooth as possible, we’ve put together some important things to think about before you leave:

  1. Check the weather in the place you’re going to be working. Chances are, the weather’s going to be better than in the UK, but it does vary region to region. Don’t get caught out without the right gear. For any last-minute ski jackets or winter woollies, there is always our Air Freight shipping option.
  2. Get your visa sorted. Having all the paperwork done before you get on your way will minimise the risk of any hiccups, leaving you to transition smoothly into your new job! There are many visa types, but you’ll need at least a work visa of a minimum 12 months to be able to import your household and personal effects into New Zealand GST free. If your goods arrive in New Zealand before you have the appropriate visa, NZ Customs will charge GST.
  3. Check out the cost of living in your new hometown. While it’s likely to be cheaper than in the UK, some of the bigger cities or tourist hot spots can be pricey, so you might be wise to bring some savings to fall back on.

Want a full checklist to guide you through your move to New Zealand? NZ Immigration offers a comprehensive list and useful links with NZ Ready.


At Transworld, we make moving to New Zealand a breeze

The Transworld team will take care of your every shipping need, so you can focus on getting yourself ready for your new teaching job in New Zealand.

We’re here to guide you through the whole process, from packing your items in the UK, to managing shipping and Customs, to safely delivering them to your door in New Zealand.

You’ll also have a dedicated team member on-hand throughout the process to answer your queries, keeping you informed and making sure your items arrive safe and secure at their destination.

The Transworld team are here to make moving to New Zealand from the UK as simple and straightforward as possible. Give us a call today for a free quote!


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