Car Shipping

Fast and effective
car shipping experience

The highest quality customer service experience allows our customers to relax whilst we do all the hard work and keep you continually updated on your shipping progress.


The first thing to consider with shipping any car is where is the vehicle presently located and where do you need to get it to? Here at rocket we have formulated a quick step guide for many of the most popular shipment routes. 

Which method of
shipping will suit you best?

If you know where you are going from and to, the next thing to decide on is your shipping method. There are a few different options to consider.


Check the below links for more details.

The most common things to consider before shipping a car. ​

What Taxes might be payable to Customs on Arrival

What Taxes might be payable to Customs on Arrival
All goods over a value of NZD 1000 imported into NZ are subject to GST, and some items may be subject to Duty. The current rate is 15% of the CIF value (meaning the cost of your goods, + freight + insurance) some goods have exemption such as personal effects and vehicles but only under certain conditions. Contact rocket freight to find out if a concession applies to your situation.

What about quarantine decontamination and cleanliness

MPI is looking for anything that might be a threat to New Zealand’s Biosecurity. This can be insects such as the fruit fly which would devastate crops and farmers lively hoods if allowed access to new Zealand unchecked by MPI, also microscopic natural threats like PSA kiwifruit disease which likely came through the border. Seeds, dirt, grass and basically anything that is alive or was alive at some stage could potentially be a threat and is taken very seriously by MPI. We highly recommend to save additional fees anything you send to NZ is of the highest standard of cleanliness. Contact Rocket Freight today if you have any more questions.

What paperwork do I need in order to ship

There are many different types of documents that you may need depending on the type of goods you are trying to Import. Rocket Freight can help you determine this, however the main documents needed for a simple customs clearance is:

  1. A bill of lading
  2. Purchase invoice
  3. NZ Customs Client Registration Number (for goods over NZ$1000.00)
  4. Container Quarantine Declaration (for full containers)

Some goods will require a fumigation certificate, a phytosanitary certificate, or a certificate of origin. Contact Rocket Freight today for help with your import documentation.

What about compliance & registration costs

Compliance and registration are additional costs. We can help with complying your vehicle for registration in NZ but the registration process itself must be handled by the importer. There are many compliance centres available throughout NZ if you choose to arrange this yourself, otherwise the team can help guide you through this process. Get in touch today.

Questions our customers frequently ask when it comes to car shipping.

How long does it take?

That all depends! On where its coming from or going to, and on what service you choose. The sailing times and frequencies vary, so if your timeline is pressing get in touch today and we can look at the different options available to you.

Will my car be insured?

In most cases insurance is not included in the freight price quoted however the team at Rocket Freight will be able to help you insure the goods for transit if required. It pays to check your Inco terms / Purchase terms as this may be arranged with your supplier. Contact Rocket Freight today if you have any more questions about insurance.

When and how should I book in?

The sooner the better! As soon as you have a plan in place we can request space with the shipping lines. Depending on the space availability there may be a delay on shipping so if you have a date in mind get in touch with the Rocket Freight team immediately and we can set up a booking for you.

Do I need to have a current registration to ship?

No, however for exports you do have to de-register the car before it leaves the country. The team at Rocket Freight can guide you through this process.

Rocket Freight has shipped thousands of vehicles.

Shipping a car can be quite a daunting prospect for some with so much information online that only tells half the store or is mis-information you just never know what to expect here a Rocket Freight we hold nothing back and all is spelled out for you from the start.