Shipping from China to New Zealand: FTA, Cost, Transit Time and More [2024]

China has been New Zealand’s largest trading partner for many years. New Zealand’s major imports from China include:

  • Electrical machinery and equipment
  • Mechanical machinery
  • Vehicles
  • Furniture
  • Plastics

shipping from China to New Zealand

China-New Zealand FTA

You need to register your business with the New Zealand Companies Office before importing. To clear customs, you must obtain an Importer’s Code from the New Zealand Customs Service. You’ll need to provide details about your business, including your Tax ID and a physical address in New Zealand.

Since the signing and entry into force of the China-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement in 2008, it has effectively promoted the rapid development of trade in goods, trade in services and investment cooperation between the two countries.

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In the China-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement, the two sides have achieved a high level of liberalization in the field of market access for trade in goods, and New Zealand has implemented zero tariffs on 100% of products imported from China.

Contact CFC to issue your CO to benefit from the FTA, if your Chinese supplier can not provide one.

Customs doesn’t collect duty or other fees if you bought goods valued less than NZ$1000.

If you buy goods valued over NZ$1000, you’ll have to pay GST when the goods arrive in New Zealand from China. GST is charged at a rate of 15%.

Sea Freight from China to New Zealand

If you are shipping to New Zealand from China, you might be expecting expensive shipping costs and slow delivery times, however with the right solution this isn’t necessarily the case.

Benefit from our extensive network and expertise, facilitating swift and secure transportation to New Zealand’s picturesque shores. CFC prioritizes reliability and affordability, offering competitive rates and transparent services tailored to your shipping needs.

Top Container Ports in New Zealand

Auckland Port, situated on the North Island’s east coast, is a major maritime hub serving the most international trade. As New Zealand’s largest and busiest port, it handles various cargo types, including containers, bulk cargo, and vehicles.

Equipped with modern facilities and advanced infrastructure, the port offers comprehensive services such as container handling, warehousing, and distribution, contributing significantly to the region’s economic vitality and global trade connectivity.

Other major ports are:

  • Tauranga Port
  • Wellington Port
  • Nelson Port
  • Lyttelton Port
  • Napier Port
  • Christchurch Port

Sea Freight Cost from China to New Zealand

We offer two different types of container shipping to New Zealand: Consolidated and Exclusive.

Consolidated container shipping means that the goods you ship are grouped together with other people shipping to the same place. This is the best value as you only pay for the amount of space you use. On the other hand, you can also ship an exclusive container which only has your goods. The benefit of this is it skips the consolidation period meaning you get your items to your door more quickly.

The cost for shipping to New Zealand from China changes based on specific details. Some factors that change the price are volume, origin/destination, and service selected.

For example, a 20ft container to Auckland from Shenzhen China is rough $1,000.With this in mind, our representatives create custom quotes for all shipments.

To get a custom quote for your move, just fill out our online quote form.

Sea Freight Transit Time from China to New Zealand

It’s rough 20 days from Shenzhen to Auckland.

There are also plenty of variables that affect the time your shipment takes. We do everything to meet estimates but these should serve as a guide and not exact times.

Air Freight from China to New Zealand

For urgent deliveries, or goods with a short shelf-life, choose air freight. It’s the fastest way to transport goods to New Zealand, but also the most expensive.

Auckland is the main gateway for air freight arriving into New Zealand, from there cargo can be transported to all parts of the country by trucking companies as well as on internal flights. Auckland Airport (AKL) is New Zealand’s largest and busiest airport.

Air Freight Cost from China to New Zealand

With flights in a daily base, CFC has some of the most discounted air freight rates for NZ. In order to have a quote, you need to have the type of commodity, the pickup zip code, volume, weight, and dimensions and give us the last delivery address in NZ or the nearest airport.

Whatever your challenges are, we’ll listen to your requirements, and find the shipment configuration that makes the most sense for you.

Air Freight Transit Time from China to New Zealand

Delivery times from China to New Zealand can vary between 3-5 business days for express service, or 7-10 days for an economy service. Generally you’ll pay less for services with longer delivery times.

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