Importing a USA 5th Wheel or Travel Trailer to NZ
5th Wheels and Travel Trailers are very popular in the USA, and thanks to Extreme Global’s US-based partners it’s now easier than ever before, when importing a travel trailer into NZ due to our specialist services.
Simply find what you like online from the vast range of US travel trailer manufacturers and sales agents or take a trip to the USA and hand-pick your new or used travel trailer! We’ll do the rest!
How much does it cost to import a travel trailer to New Zealand?
Before you make a purchase, make sure you account for the Duty charge – Travel trailers 5%, and the import GST – 15% on the purchase price plus the duty charge. to ensure you have the full picture on charges.
If you’re not sure how to calculate this, we can help – ask for a quote today.
An example of the costs involved in shipping a NEW Travel Trailer from the USA East Coast – Baltimore to NZ based on a purchase value of USD25,000 and 87 cubic metres of size.
Note the length x width x height makes up the cubic volume. The freight rate is based on the cubic volume, so please pay particular attention to the CBM when assessing costs. We are happy to update quotations if your dimensions change.
Note: All Travel Trailers require heat treatment with out of the USA.
Freight – NZ$23000
Heat Treatment – Inclusive
Insurance – NZ$ 825
Duty – NZ$1983 (Indicative government charges)
GST – NZ$9550 (Indicative government charges)
Landed costs – NZD73250 (Indicative)
Which documents will I need to import my travel trailer home?
Bill of Sale
A scanned copy of your Passport or Vehicle Licence I.D (Photograph)
NZ Customs import client code or application
Proof of clear title
NZ Power of Attorney – often witnessed by a Notary Public
Please refer to our caravan Resources Page due the variation of documents required may when importing from the UK, US, or Australia.
Travel Trailer Importing Process
Overseas travel trailer Purchasing
Rule No.1 – Always check the credibility of the seller. Check out the selling history and that there is no finance still outstanding on the motor home. Make sure that there is no Lien outstanding against the title in the USA or in the case of UK imports, request an HPI Report.
There is a vast array of Travel trailer and 5th Wheel suppliers in the USA.
Imported Vehicle Standards into NZ
All travel trailers and 5th Wheels require Compliance for electrical, gas and self-containment (toilet & waste water). You will require an authorised agent to complete this work. We can recommend authorised service providers.
Depending on when you are loading the Travel trailer, I.e East Coast USA or West Coast USA there are both Roll On Roll Off Services and 40ft Flat Rack loading options. Speak to us about a details quotation to fit your criteria and needs.
Our Overseas Agents
Following confirmation of the location of your travel trailer me, our overseas agents can arrange pickup and delivery to the port of loading. They will manage all the export documentation for the seller and you, the buyer.
We liaise closely with our agent and suppliers to ensure smooth deliver and loading.
Loading additional contents into your travel trailer
There is a strict no supplementary cargo policy which Roll On Roll Off vessel operators strictly apply.
Cleaning and Border Security Requirements
Your travel trailer must be as clean as possible. In other words, free of dirt and any other foreign matter. Should this not be the case on arrival to New Zealand, NZ border quarantine services (Ministry of Primary Industry – MPI will require further cleaning to be done. These sorts of additional costs can be avoided by ensuring the motor home cleaned before delivery to Southampton. Speak to us before you buy as the border security factors require full understanding to ensure a successful outcome
Treatment against the Brown Marmorated Stink Beetle – BMSB
Recent developments in the fight against the BMSB have intensified. The Ministry of Primary Industry -MPI, has now implemented strict treatment protocols. In USA fumigation or heat treatment is now required for all travel trailers. Speak to us so you are aware of the current regulations for shipments from the USA. We have both fumigation and heat treatment facilities depending on the country and port of loading.
Marine Cargo Insurance
At Extreme Global, we require all travel trailers to have comprehensive Marine Cover while in transit between origin and final destination. Our rates are very reasonably priced, and we cover a wide range of potential hazards associated with ocean freight importing.
Local Shipping Paperwork
Prior to the discharging of your cargo, we process all the local shipping paperwork through New Zealand Customs and MPI and raise any duty or GST charges.
If you’re a returning NZ resident or citizens, there are also opportunities for the GST to be exempt. Eg. Personal effects – Speak to us regarding your circumstances.
Port or Depot Release
MPI Inspection is are undertake at either the port for the RORO service, or at our depot, for containers, which are all MPI compliant specialist vehicle unpacking facilities.
Once formal border and customs clearance has been completed, freight, Duty and GST paid, we can release the Vehicle. This typically takes 3-4 working days to process.
In the case of RoRo shipments we have our contracted staff meet you at the port gate to access your motor home.
Should you require delivery to your nominated compliance centre or your home, we can arrange this on a specialist vehicle carrier.