Importing Food Trucks – Food Trailers

Importing food trucks can be a very complex process with various potential pitfalls. Our team of customs clearance experts have extensive experience in importing food trucks and can assist you in navigating the process seamlessly. We provide comprehensive assistance on everything that you need to know about importing food trucks before you make the purchase.

Importing food trucks can also be a great way to start a new business or expand your current business, the food truck is generally kitted out with benches, sinks, lighting, fridge and flooring; we have also seen some food trucks installed with a cash register. A food truck allows you to move your mobile business to locations where new business takes you.

We understand that every customer’s needs are unique, we work closely with you and your overseas supplier to address the issues before the food trailer departs from overseas for New Zealand. Contact us today to learn more about our customs clearance services and how our customs brokers can assist you in importing your food trailer to New Zealand.

Choose Platinum® New Zealand To Import Your Food Truck Trailers

If you are in the market for a food truck, you may wonder why you should choose Platinum® to assist you with importing the food truck to New Zealand.

We are experts in importing food trucks, we have over 24 years of customs clearance experience. We know exactly what needs to be addressed in order to have your food truck processed through the border – quickly and without issues.

As a full-service customs brokerage, we assess all of the paperwork and documentation provided by your overseas supplier before the food truck departs for New Zealand. We liase with both your overseas supplier and yourself to make sure that everyone knows what is required to ensure a smooth customs clearance process.

When importing a food truck, Platinum® should be your clear choice. We are customs clearance experts in this field and we will assess all of the issues prior to departure – allowing you to focus on what is important – running your business. Contact us today to get started.

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Types of Food Trucks That We Can Customs Clear

At Platinum® New Zealand, we can help you import the following types of Food Truck Trailers:


  • Customised Food Trucks
  • Small Food Trailers

    Food trucks and food trailers have become increasingly popular, especially among businesses that either wish to expand their current offering or new businesses who are able to provide a mobile service. Food trucks offer a unique and convenient way to have food prepared and sold at the right place.

    The food trucks that Platinum® has seen are usually fully fitted out with all of the equipment necessary to start business straight away [once the registration process has been completed].

    Customised Food Trucks

    Customised food trucks are specially designed vehicles used for cooking food, selling food and highly branded for your marketing objectives. There are numerous customisations that are available for these food trucks. In order to import a customised food truck to New Zealand, the food truck needs to meet NZ Transport Agency [NZTA] policies.

    These NZTA requirements need to be addressed before the food truck is purchased and definitely before it is shipped to New Zealand. When purchasing a customised food truck, it is crucial to ensure that all necessary approvals and permits are secured before proceeding with the purchase.

    Small Food Trailers

    Small food trailers are an excellent way to enter the food business. They are relatively inexpensive to purchase and easy to operate and maintain, making them an ideal choice for small businesses.

    One significant advantage of small food trailers is their high mobility. This allows you to take your business where the customers are, whether that is at a farmers market, a music festival or a high traffic location. Because food trailers are small, you can quickly set up and take down your operation with ease, which is perfect for busy events.

    If you are considering in starting a small food business, a small food trailer is definitely worth exploring. With its low cost and high mobility, it is the perfect way to get started in the food industry.


    At Platinum®, we understand the unique challenges of importing food trucks and food trailers, that is why we offer a comprehensive range of pre-purchase and customs clearance services to make the process as smooth as possible.


    Before you purchase the food truck or food trailer, we already know what questions need to be answered; whether the question surrounds NZTA, wooden components, Ozone Depletion Gases [ODG’s] or the onshore NZCS and MPI requirements. We have the customs and quarantine experience to be able to assess the various aspects of your importation. If you are looking for a hassle-free and seamless process in importing your food truck or food trailer from overseas to New Zealand, contact Platinum® today.


    We are more than happy to provide you with a quote and answer any questions that you may have.

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    Frequently Asked Questions About
    Importing Food Trucks

    Can I import food trailers into New Zealand?
    Most food trailers can be imported into New Zealand. As food trailers quite often include fridges, timber components and are to be driven on the road; there are a lot of requirements that need to be met in order to have the food trailer processed through both the New Zealand Customs Service [NZCS] and the Ministry for Primary Industries [MPI].
    What food trucks cannot be brought into New Zealand?

    If you have not assessed your food truck against NZTA requirements before the food truck arrives into New Zealand, there could be compliance issues that need to be rectified before the food truck can be registered. An important note, any food truck that contains asbestos parts, such as brake pads, is prohibited.

    What do I need to import food trucks?

    The very first step in the process – before you even purchase the food truck is to ask your overseas supplier for an itemised invoice for (1) the food truck and (2) all of the inclusions within the food truck and (3) the shipping costs to New Zealand.

    You also need to contact NZTA and ask about the rules of importing a food truck. Once you have your overseas suppliers proposed invoice, Platinum® can then provide you with a quote to have the food truck imported into New Zealand.

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