Removals Guide for New Zealand

PSSbannerHanging out in one of Wellington’s trendy bars or sipping a crisp white wine in Marlborough could be the dream, but making it reality can be a little tricky. Once you’ve sorted through the jobs, the visas and the properties, thoughts of packing up your life and moving thousands of miles away can be a little daunting.

With a bit of planning and advice from a reliable international removals firm however, that glass of sauvignon blanc may not be too far away.

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions:

With a wide array of international removal firms on offer, picking a safe pair of hands can seem like an impossible task. But if you do your homework you shouldn’t go too far wrong. Research is paramount when finding a removals firm and you should gather quotes from a handful of different companies. Remember international removal companies such as PSS International Removals are affiliated to the correct bodies and institutions which help the removals process to run smoothly.

Before confirming your quote, check your international removals firms is covered by the following:

  • FAIM Accreditation, which is only independent Quality Assurance standard for the International Moving Industry;
  • Membership of the FIDI Global Alliance, which sets a quality benchmark for its members; Membership of the British Association of Removers Overseas Group. – BAR OVERSEAS is covered by the I.M.M.I. Advance payment guarantee scheme for your financial protection.

Moving Towards Moving Day

Once you’ve made the decision as to who is going to take charge of your removal, you can expect a certain number of things to happen. Companies such as PSS International Removals will guide you step-by-step through the process. A familiar one to them it may be but they’ll understand that it’s all new to you, and that you’ll have lots of questions. For this reason you should be assigned moving coordinators who can advise you on the process from start to finish. Before you decide what to take, and what to leave behind, it’s worth looking at what’s allowed into New Zealand and what isn’t. For more information check out the go to

The Big Day

As pinning down a moving date may be tricky, most international removals firms can be flexible. In principle many like to know a month beforehand what date you are expecting to move, but in reality they know it’s not that simple. Once however you have a confirmed date, they’ll arrange for a lorry to arrive to take away your belongings. If you’ve packed yourself, the boxes and packages will be loaded and then driven to their next destination. If you are having the company pack for you, a team will arrive on an agreed date, and professionally pack all your goods. They too will then be loaded onto the lorry. An inventory of what’s included in the container will be supplied.

What Happens Next?

Once your goods have arrived in New Zealand, they’ll need to pass customs. Your international removals firm should have made it very clear what you need to do in order to help this process. In New Zealand, the documentation required is:

– NZCS 218 unaccompanied personal effects customs form

– Supplementary declaration

– Removal inventory (PSS will prepare this if PSS are packing)

– Valuation form for Shipment Protection cover

– Copy of your passport and visa

– Letter of authority (if not in New Zealand when goods arrive)

– Purchase receipts (only applicable if you are importing any newly purchased goods)

– Certificate of Compliance (if you are importing a car)

Where Are My Belongings?

Your international removals company should let you know when your goods are going to arrive, and keep in regular contact should there be any problems. When shipping your personal belongings to New Zealand the transit time between removal in the UK and arrival at your new home will be approximately 6-8 weeks for full container shipments and 8-12 weeks for part load shipments.

So if you are thinking about moving to New Zealand and want to find out more about what you should expect, get in touch for a free survey and a chat with one of PSS International Removals experienced consultants who will be happy to help you: