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Importing your car from New Zealand to the United Kingdom

We are hugely experienced in importing cars from New Zealand to the UK and we can handle the whole process including the export, shipping, customs clearance, UK inland trucking, compliance testing and DVLA registration – this saves you time, hassle and unforeseen costs.

Our Services

We can take care of every aspect of your vehicles importation and much more.


We can handle the collection and shipping of your vehicle in New Zealand.


Your customs clearances are all handled by us and nobody else.


We can transport your vehicle once in the United Kingdom.


Your vehicle can be safely stored at our premises until it is registered.


We undertake all modifications at our premises where your vehicle is stored.


Any paperwork that is required to register the vehicle is taken care of for you.


We often ship the cars using shared containers, however can also quote for a 20ft dedicated container too, meaning you benefit from a reduced rate for moving your car to the UK due to sharing the cost of the container with other cars we are importing on behalf of clients.

Container shipment is a safe and secure way to import your car into the UK and is often the most cost effective.


We collect your car

If you opt for our dedicated collection service we can collect your vehicle virtually anywhere in New Zealand.

We book your shipping

Our in house shipping agents take care of all the paperwork, and book your vehicles shipping.

We ship your car to the United Kingdom

The car is loaded into a container and when then loaded onto a container ship bound for the United Kingdom.

Customs clearance

The customs clearance process and paperwork required to clear your car are handled by ourselves to ensure your car does not incur any additional storage fees.


We collect the required documents

These are required to clear your car through customs and are required to ascertain the value of the vehicle.

We submit your tax entry

This ensures that the car can be released once in the United Kingdom

We transport your car from the port

Whether it is coming to us or going to you, we can arrange this.

Once your car has cleared customs and is delivered to our premises we modify the car

The car is modified and tested by ourselves for compliance in the United Kingdom.

Most cars from New Zealand are relatively straight forward to modify and we will advise what your vehicle will require at the time we quote you.

After which all relevant testing is undertaken onsite at our privately owned IVA testing lane.

Moving back to the United Kingdom?

A large number of individuals decide to bring their cars back from New Zealand taking advantage of the tax-free incentives offered when relocating.

We can assist in taking care of the car whilst you are in the process of moving. If you have chosen to ship your personal belongings along with your car in the same container we are also on hand to collect the car on your behalf.

We can assist with everything required to get your vehicle here, get a no obligation, free quote.

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Frequently asked questions

What is the process for importing cars under ten years old?

We do this using an IVA test. We have the only privately operated IVA testing facility in the UK, meaning your car will not be waiting for a testing slot at a government testing centre, which can take weeks, if not months to obtain. We IVA test every week on-site and therefore have the fastest turnaround to get your car registered and on UK roads.

Every car is different and every manufacturer has different support standards for assisting their clients through the import process, so please get a quote so we can discuss the optimum speed and cost option for your circumstances.

We manage the whole process on your behalf, whether that is dealing with the homologation team of your car’s manufacturer or the Department for Transport, so you can relax in the knowledge that you will be legally registered with the DVLA in the shortest time possible.

Australian cars may require some modifications, including the speedo to display an MPH reading and the rear fog light positioning if it is not already universally compliant.

We have built an extensive catalogue of the makes and models of cars we have imported so can give you an accurate estimate of what your car will require to be ready for its IVA test.

What is the process for importing cars over ten years old?

Cars over 10 years old are type approval exempt but still require a safety test, called an MOT, and similar modifications to an IVA test prior to registration. The modifications depend on the age but are generally to the rear fog light.

If your car is over 40 years old it does not need an MOT test and can be delivered directly to your UK address ahead of it being registered.

How long does it take to ship a car from New Zealand to the United Kingdom?

The shipping time for a car from New Zealand to the United Kingdom can vary depending on several factors, including the shipping method, the departure and arrival ports, weather conditions, and any potential delays during the shipping process. The estimated shipping time for the two common shipping methods is as follows:

Roll-on/Roll-off (RoRo) Shipping:

RoRo shipping involves driving the car onto a specialized ship at the departure port and driving it off at the arrival port. The estimated shipping time for RoRo shipping from New Zealand to the United Kingdom is approximately 6 to 8 weeks. However, this timeframe can vary based on the specific shipping schedule and the availability of RoRo vessels.

Container Shipping:

Container shipping involves loading the car into a shipping container, which is then loaded onto a cargo ship. The estimated shipping time for container shipping from New Zealand to the United Kingdom is generally longer than RoRo shipping, taking around 8 to 10 weeks or more, depending on the shipping route and other logistical factors.

It’s important to keep in mind that these shipping times are only estimates and may be subject to change due to various circumstances beyond our control, for example, adverse weather conditions, or changes in shipping schedules can impact the actual shipping time.

If you are considering shipping a car from New Zealand to the United Kingdom, it is advisable to work with a reputable and experienced shipping company like My Car Import that can provide you with more accurate and up-to-date information on shipping times and the entire shipping process. Additionally, always check for any changes in shipping regulations or requirements that may affect the shipping timeline.

What ports are in New Zealand that you can ship cars from?

New Zealand has several ports from which you can ship cars to various destinations, including international locations. Some of the major ports in New Zealand that handle car shipping are:

Port of Auckland: Located in Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand, this port is a major hub for international shipping and handles a significant amount of car exports and imports.

Port of Tauranga: Situated in Tauranga on the North Island, this port is New Zealand’s largest export port and handles a considerable volume of car shipments.

Port of Wellington: Located in the capital city of Wellington, this port serves as a significant point of entry and exit for cars being shipped to and from New Zealand.

Port of Lyttelton (Christchurch): Located near Christchurch on the South Island, the Port of Lyttelton is an essential gateway for car shipments in the South Island.

Port of Napier: Situated in Napier on the North Island, this port handles a range of cargo, including cars.

Port of Nelson: Located in Nelson on the South Island, this port handles both domestic and international cargo, including car shipments.

Port of Bluff: Positioned in Bluff at the southern tip of the South Island, this port serves as an important link to and from international destinations.

These ports facilitate the shipment of cars to various locations around the world, including the United Kingdom. Depending on the specific shipping route, you may have options to choose the most convenient port for your car’s shipment.

Please note that port options and shipping routes may vary, and it’s essential to consult with us to determine the best port and shipping options for your specific needs. Additionally, be aware that port information and services may have changed since this was added.

Is it worth importing your car from New Zealand to the United Kingdom?

Absolutely. Here are a few of the reasons we think importing a car from New Zealand is a great choice:

Unique Vehicle Options:

Importing a car from New Zealand opens up the possibility of getting a unique make or model that may not be readily available in the UK market. This can be appealing for enthusiasts or collectors looking for specific cars.

Lower Purchase Price:

In some cases, cars in New Zealand may be cheaper compared to their equivalents in the UK. This can potentially result in cost savings on the purchase price of the car.

Right-Hand Drive:

New Zealand, like the UK, drives on the left-hand side of the road. Importing a right-hand drive car from New Zealand means it will be suitable for driving on UK roads without the need for major modifications.

Vehicle Condition:

New Zealand’s relatively mild climate can be advantageous for preserving the condition of cars, as they are less exposed to harsh winter conditions and road salt that can cause corrosion.

Sentimental Value:

If you are returning to the UK from New Zealand and have a car with sentimental value, importing it allows you to keep a cherished possession from your time in New Zealand.

What types of car can you import from New Zealand?

You can potentially import a wide range of car types from New Zealand to the United Kingdom. New Zealand, like many countries, has a diverse automotive market, and there are various types of cars available for export. The types of cars you can import from New Zealand include:

Standard Passenger Cars:

This category includes regular sedans, hatchbacks, and coupes designed for everyday use.

SUVs (Sport Utility Vehicles):

SUVs are popular in New Zealand, and you can find various models suitable for different purposes, such as city driving or off-road adventures.

Sports Cars:

New Zealand enthusiasts may own performance-oriented sports cars that are desirable for import.

Classic and Vintage Cars:

New Zealand has a vibrant classic car scene, and you can find well-maintained vintage cars that are suitable for importation.

4×4 and Off-Road Vehicles:

Due to New Zealand’s scenic landscape and outdoor activities, there are many 4×4 and off-road cars available for import.

Electric Vehicles (EVs):

New Zealand has been adopting electric cars, and you can find various EV models suitable for importation.

Hybrid Vehicles:

Hybrid cars are becoming more common in New Zealand, and you can find several hybrid models available for export.

Luxury Cars:

New Zealand also has a market for luxury cars, and you can import premium and high-end cars.

Vans and Commercial Vehicles: If you need a specific type of van or commercial car, you can explore options available in New Zealand.

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