How to move your household contents from Gladstone to New Zealand
In this regard we are supposing you are using a self pack shipping container and it is a full household load – remembering that a container can hold all of the contents for a 3 bedroom house. And the container is being exported from Gladstone, Queensland.
So here we go…
But, in this case, this was for a container of personal effects from Gladstone to a small port in New Zealand.
Some shipping lines call North Queensland and have transit to Auckland, but in this case the destination was elsewhere, so we had to arrange the shipping ex Brisbane with a specific shipping line who called at the port required.
What is the process?
To do this, we had to make the booking with the shipping line, get the empty container sent by rail to Gladstone terminal, arrange the cartage of the empty container to the person’s house for them to pack, and then take the full container back to the rail, rail from Gladstone to Brisbane, and then road from the Brisbane rail terminal into the port followed by the ocean freight to destination port.
The customer had to consider whether or not the container was for immediate unpack and return, or whether we need to purchase a container for storage in New Zealand. The shipping lines only give us a short period of time (usually about 14 days from vessel arrival) to return their empty container before they start charging rather horrendous daily charges – so it is imperative you know your requirements before you start. We do not want surprise costs, so it may be safer to purchase a container here that you can later on sell.
And we were also able to assist and advise in regards to the insurance of these goods. There are several options, but if the customer happens to be moving to the destination, then it is always a good option to arrange the insurance of your personal goods as well as arrange your own personal travel insurance.
All was rather time consuming, but we made a specific plan for the exporter, which we were able to stick to with very minimal adjustments so that every step of the way was planned, scheduled and documented so that everything happened on time and without any major issues.
Shipping to New Zealand
And then the container was shipped to the port of entry in New Zealand where their Customs and MAF (equivalent of our quarantine) inspected the cargo before this was released and the customer could take possession of his goods. In New Zealand, basically the reverse of what happened here needed to be done there. The customer appointed a Customs Broker who was familiar with personal effects and the regulations there to act on his behalf for any and all matters pertaining to the importation of personal effects and the delivery thereof, which no doubt saved a lot of headaches, grief and costs.
It is extremely important to note that MAF there go over everything with a fine toothed comb. Any vehicles, motor bikes, bicycles, jet skis and the like need to be thoroughly cleaned of all soil, oil and grease and any water. Sports shoes and the like also need to be completely clean. Golf Clubs are of particular interest, because they more often than not have not been cleaned and still have some grass and soil in the grooves, which can lead to serious problems. Failure to comply with all their regulations may result in fines, expensive cleaning and/or fumigation costs, and in some cases forfeiture and destruction at your expense; so be meticulous.
This article is written by our principal Mark Salmon.