Shipping to New Zealand

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Our international shipping service allows you to ship small items to large items of furniture to New Zealand. We'll get you're items there safely and efficiently.

How does our international shipping service work?

We’ve designed our international shipping service to be as efficient as possible. We’ll handle everything from packing your items to managing everything that’s involved with customs and clearance. All you need to do is fill in our online form and we’ll take care of the rest.
  • Step 1. Fill in our online quotation form. 
  • Step 2. We will arrange a survey if you're shipping furniture and supply you with your free quote. If  you're sending baggage we will deliver your boxes ahead of time so you can pack yourself.
  • Step 3. We will arrive at your property and collect your items. If you’ve asked us to pack your items our teams will professionally pack them at this stage.
  • Step 4. We will transport your items to the USA via your chosen shipping method.
  • Step 5. We will arrange for the customs clearance of your shipment.
  • Step 6. We will deliver your items to your chosen end destination.

How will my items be sent to New Zealand?

You can ship your items via sea freight to New Zealand, or you can fly them via air freight. Sending your items via sea is the most cost effective method and recommended if you’re planning on sending large items. Air freight is more expensive but faster, so if you need to send small items quickly then this might be the best option for you.

There are a number of ways to ship your items to New Zealand. If you’re shipping a box or a small number of items then we recommend you go for a Shared Container service. If you’re looking to send a whole house then we recommend our  Exclusive Container option.

  • Shared Container: Your personal and household effects will be loaded in a shared shipping container and you will only be charged for the space your boxes or goods take up.
  • Exclusive Container: This is the recommended option if you're shipping a whole home load or wanting to ship a vehicle to New Zealand.

How long will it take?

Shared container Exclusive container
Auckland 10-16 weeks 10-12 weeks
Christchurch 10-16 weeks 10-12 weeks
Wellington 10-16 weeks 10-12 weeks

The transit time detailed is for guideline purposes only and may be subject to variation dependent upon prevailing market conditions, shipping line capacity and actual sailings. Your Move Manager will keep you updated following collection of your shipment.

Why choose Pickfords?

  • We are the largest international shipper in the UK.
  • Centuries worth of experience in the international moving sector.
  • We operate as part of a trusted and extensive international shipping network.
  • Door to door international shipping.
  • We are acclaimed and accredited by worldwide organisations including the British Association of Removers’ Overseas Group (BAR) and we are a FIDI Accredited International Mover.
  • We offer comprehensive goods in transit insurance to protect your goods on the move.
  • We offer a professional packing service to ensure that your shipment is packed correctly and protected throughout the journey.

How do we calculate our costs?

If you are shipping baggage or luggage, the cost of your move is determined by the number of cartons you will be shipping and the dimensions of your items. Other factors include the transit method and the destination location in New Zealand.

If you are shipping furniture and household effects by sea the cost of your move is influenced by the volume of goods you will be shipping, the destination location, the packing service you have chosen and the transit option you have requested.

If you send items to New Zealand using air freight, you can expect to pay considerably more as the bulk of your costs are calculated based on the weight of your items. However, air freight is a great option when you need to send a small load, quickly.

What items can I ship to New Zealand?

Our team of experts know exactly what you can and cannot send to the New Zealand. Just like any country, New Zealand has its own list of restricted and prohibited items that you won’t be able to ship there, but if New Zealand border control allows it, we ship it. Prohibited items include:
  • Canned or dried meat, spices, honey, dairy and egg products or bee keeping equipment.
  • Ornamental pipes (including Sheesha or Hookah pipes) and other cannabis or methamphetamine utensils
  • All items manufactured from or originating from endangered wildlife must have a CITIES export permit issued by the appropriate authority in the country of origin. This includes ivory, shells & corals, feathers, reptiles, snakes, elephants, rhinos, hippos, members of the cat family, whales, dolphins, zebra, antelope, deer, and birds.
Your personal shipping manager will provide you with an extensive list detailing what you can send to New Zealand. If you have any concerns just let us know.
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