Navigating the Cost of Shipping Containers to New Zealand from the UK

If you’re considering shipping your goods from the United Kingdom to New Zealand, it’s important to take into account the expenses related to using a shipping container. The cost of shipping a container to New Zealand from the UK can be influenced by various factors, including the type and size of the container you choose, the nature of the goods being transported, and the specific shipping route being used.

Cost of shipping to New Zealand

The cost of shipping a 20ft container from the UK to New Zealand can range from £7,000 to £8,000, and the cost of shipping a 40ft container can range from £10,000 to £11,000. These prices are rough estimates and will change based on the volume and type of goods you want to include in your overseas removal to New Zealand.

Additional Costs

In addition to the shipping costs, there may be additional fees and charges to consider when shipping a container to New Zealand. These can include customs duties, taxes, port fees, and insurance. You’ll also need to consider the cost of transporting your goods to and from the ports, as well as any storage fees if your goods need to be stored before or after shipping. At John Mason we have a range of storage options for your move to New Zealand including household storage, self-storage, archive storage, commercial storage and vehicle or caravan storage

Container Size

When it comes to shipping containers to New Zealand, it’s crucial to select the appropriate size and type for your specific requirements. The cost of shipping can vary depending on the size of the container, with larger containers typically being more expensive to transport. The type of container you choose can also impact the cost, with refrigerated containers being more expensive than standard ones.

Standard shipping containers come in a range of sizes, from 20ft, to 40ft. The larger the container, the more expensive it will be to ship.

What container size is best for me?

When shipping to New Zealand, keep in mind that a 20-foot shipping container can hold the contents of a typical three-bedroom house, such as a few beds, a sofa, and other items. However, if you have a larger property with more than three bedrooms and need extra space for items like bicycles or even cars, you may need a larger shipping container. In this case, starting with a 40-foot shipping container would be a better option.

What type of goods effect the cost of shipping?

The type of goods you’re shipping will also affect the cost of shipping a container to New Zealand. For example, hazardous goods will require special handling and may require additional fees. Fragile items may also require additional protection, such as packing materials or custom crating, which will add to the overall cost. Use our New Zealand customs guide to check the items you are transporting, to ensure a seamless, secure, and thorough relocation service.

Shipping Route & Arrival

At John Mason our prices are based on direct shipping to New Zealand with no transfers or storage at other destinations/ports on route.

Upon the arrival of your shipment to New Zealand, our partner’s Import Team will contact you to begin the Customs and Quarantine process. You’ll be required to complete relevant customs documentation, including a Personal Effects declaration and an ‘Unaccompanied Personal Baggage Declaration’ form, and submit your original passport or a copy of the identification page entry visa.

To comply with MPI Quarantine regulations, all shipments will be routed through our partner’s customs bonded warehouse. MPI Officials may inspect specific items within your shipment.

Shipping a container to New Zealand

Shipping a container from the United Kingdom to New Zealand can be a complex process with many variables to consider. By understanding the factors that affect the cost of shipping, you can better plan and budget for your shipment.

It’s essential to have a clear understanding of the volume of goods you wish to transport and what size shipping container (or containers) you’ll require. This is where we can assist you. We offer a range of services to help you calculate the volume of your goods and determine the appropriate shipping container size to fit your needs.

To get started, we recommend booking an appointment with one of our experienced surveyors. During the appointment, our surveyor will assess the volume of your goods and provide you with a comprehensive quote for your overseas removal to New Zealand. Alternatively, you can use our simple video quote app, which allows you to film the items you wish to move and submit the footage to us. We’ll take care of the rest and provide you with an accurate quote for shipping your goods to New Zealand.

Whether you’re moving a few personal items or shipping an entire household of belongings, we’re here to help. Contact us today to schedule a surveyor appointment or to learn more about our video quote app for shipping to New Zealand.

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