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Questions I am asked about self pack household removals to New Zealand

One of the questions we are often asked is what port do we send the containers to in New Zealand.

We can send your container to all main ports, but not every shipping line calls every port, nor is the cost the same. So just let us know where you want your container and we can give you the best option.

The main ports are Auckland, Wellington, Lyttelton (Christchurch), Port Chalmers (Dunedin) and Self Pack Shipping Container for International RelocationsTauranga.

Once the container arrives, you will be given a couple of days to collect the container from the port, unpack the container and return the container to the shipping line.

For this reason – it is imperative you are well organised and have dealt with your customs paperwork and organised for the container to be picked up in a timely manner.   

If you don’t  – then the shipping company will charge you demurrage which are fees for having use of the container beyond the allocated time.

So – what is the order of business?     

Make sure you have your packing list and fill in the necessary customs forms from Customs or engage a local customs agent in New Zealand to do the customs clearance for you.

If you are using a customs agent, let us know who they are – so we can forward your shipping documents to them.  

They will also be able to organise cartage of the container to your residence, you unpack the container, then the cartage company will pick up and return the container to the shipping line.

Otherwise, ring around some cartage companies and get some prices.

Another way, is to hire a cartage company to pick up and deliver the box to their own depot – you then organise a local removalist to go and unpack the container and deliver the goods to your house.  Then the cartage company returns the container to the shipping company for you.

None of this work is difficult, it takes a few phone calls and a couple of decisions.  But the money you save can be immense.

And as always, please please ensure you have adequate insurance.  Do not think you can save money by omitting this step – this is where ‘peace of mind’ lies in the whole process.

We can recommend an excellent insurance company for you.

Once you know your time frame please contact Mark or Susan by Calling us on 9706 5996.

And as before – here is some additional reading.

Plus a last minute piece of information for you – the contents of a three bedroom house can generally fit into a 20 foot container.

Again, let me know when you want to move and I can gather some information for you.   Planning is everything.