2016 US Car Export Report

Car Shipping to New Zealand from the USA

Shipping cars, motorcycles, and boats from the US to New Zealand requires a shipper with experience. During the last decade, West Coast Shipping has specialized in shipping priceless classic cars, muscle cars, pick up trucks and SUVs for customers in New Zealand. We have locations in both California and New Jersey.

We work with customers to collect their vehicles from anywhere in the USA, load into a container, and ship to any port in New Zealand. We ship cars to the ports of Auckland, Nelson, Dunedin, Lyttelton and Wellington. Door to door service is also offered.

Get an instant quote on container shipping and local collection by using our car shipping calculator on this page.

Rate on Shipping to New Zealand

Classic Corvette shipping from USA to New ZealandFreight charges for shipping cars from the USA to New Zealand depends on the location of the vehicle in the USA, and the port in New Zealand you are shipping to. The closer a car is located to California or New Jersey, the less expensive it will be to pickup your vehicle using an enclosed or open transporter. You can save up to 50% on freight by shipping your vehicle from the port of Oakland in California in a consolidated container to the port of Auckland/Tauranga in New Zealand. If you are shipping more than 2 vehicles, you can ship in a dedicated 40 or 45ft container. California to New Zealand on a direct route takes around 22 to 27 days. There is also a cheaper method available on a non-direct route which takes around 38 days.

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"Professional service at unbeatable prices. We have tried WCS with a number of cars from NJ and CA to Bremerhaven and we are happy with the results. They handled our classic cars with care and responded rapidly to any of our emails. All together they offer a great service!


Safe and Secure Car Handling

Our expert shipping team consists of in-house loaders who specialize in safely and securely loading and unloading classic cars during their journey overseas. We do not outsource our loading to anyone but our trusted team.

Locations on Both US Coasts

Strategically placed shipping facilities provide secure points of car export and import on the East and West Coast. Which lowers local and international car shipping costs and transit times. Secure indoor storage for your vehicles is also available.

Turn Key Delivery

We pickup and deliver classic cars door to door, around the world. Everything from pickup, loading, shipping, delivery and customs clearance can be arranged. Relax, and enjoy the trip.

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Instant Rates

Our online rate calculator allows you to view current rates for shipping vehicles, boats, motorcycles and pallets anytime, anywhere. It can even calculate the cost of ground transportation from anywhere in the US.

Custom Shipping Solutions

Whether you are looking to ship one car or 20, we will find the solution that best fits your needs and budget. Our team will be there to ensure the logistics go smoothly.

Other Shipping Methods to New Zealand

Over 2,500 cars are shipped each year in a container to New Zealand from the United States. While it is one of the most popular methods for transporting classic cars, cars can also be transported via RoRo vessel or by air freight

Roll-on/Roll-off (RoRo)

Shipping cars to New Zealand by RoRo is available for any car that runs and drives. However, we do not recommend shipping your classic cars via RoRo. If a car or boat does not fit into a container, your best option is to ship via RoRo. Cars are driven on and off the boat. Boats are required to be on a trailer for the ocean carrier to place them on a RoRo ship. Transit times via RoRo are comperable to shipping in a container because both will be going by sea on similar shipping routes.

Air Freight

The quickest way to ship your car or motorcycle to New Zealand is by air freight. Cars are taken straight to the airport of departure, and placed on a cargo plane for shipping. We also offer local storage at our facilities for you vehicles while they await US customs clearance. We service all major US and New Zealand air ports. 

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New Zealand Car Import Tax

When importing a car into New Zealand do not forget to take the import duties and VAT into the total cost. As of 2016, the duty is 10% and the VAT is 15%. See the list of approved cars for import to New Zealand.

Please visit the New Zealand Customs Service website for up to date information.

Disclaimer: We only provide the ground & ocean transportation service. Customer will be responsible for import & unloading fees when the car arrives at the destination port overseas. Insurance is optional.