Trailer Boat Shipping

We make all the headaches go away

Shipping your trailer boat with Rocket Freight has never been so easy. We deliver fast effective service and the most competitive pricing. Taking a boat with you when you move overseas or purchasing a boat and importing it to New Zealand can make sense financially. It can also ensure you get exactly the boat you want which may not be available in New Zealand.

Which method of
shipping will suit you best?

When it comes to trailer boat shipping you first need to know where you are going to need to ship it from and to. After that you will have different methods of shipping to consider – the first question is will it fit in a container? If not the only option is roll on roll off.


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The most common things to Consider before shipping a boat

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 boat 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.

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.

Do you Pickup Boats worldwide?

We can certainly try! As long as there is access to an international sea port we can usually assist. Get in touch with the team today and let us know the details.

Will my boat 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.

We like to get it straight

Shipping your boat can be complicated and there are many rules to worry about but Rocket Freight will make sure we break down the whole story to you in a simple easy to understand way. We always take the time to explain how everything works so you know what to expect. It can be scary looking online at all the information (and often mis-information!) so we like to get it straight for our customers. Call us today and take advantage of our 50+ years of experience in shipping boats.

Rocket Freight ships hundreds of boats each year

We are here to help with any and all questions, we are leaders in the world of boat shipping and can help guide you through all this information and make sure you make the right decision based on what is important to you.  This is what sets us apart from our competitors your not just a number and processed through the freight factory of people you deal with professionals with real experience.