Importing New Machinery

Importing new machinery from overseas to New Zealand can be a complex process, there are various factors to consider.

You will need to take into account the production time to manufacture the goods, the shipping schedule [imports of machinery shipped from overseas generally takes at least a month to arrive]. It is crucial to plan your project. Additionally, there are costs to budget for, such as possible import duty, import GST, shipping costs to New Zealand, port charges and MPI quarantine concerns.

Businesses can ensure a smooth and seamless experience when importing new machinery to New Zealand by relying upon a reputable customs clearance company like Platinum®.
From the very beginning, before you even purchase the goods, Platinum® will address all of the issues with both your overseas supplier and yourself; the most important factor is to make sure that your goods will be insured during the voyage. We liaise with both your supplier and yourself to make sure that everything is in order before shipping.

If you are looking for a one-stop solution for importing new machinery like excavators, forklifts or tractors, look no further than Platinum®.

Rely Upon Platinum® Freight Management To Import Your New Machinery

Choosing the right freight management company is crucial when you are deciding to import new machinery, especially considering the many factors to consider.

All import projects carry costs; our task is to minimise your expenses such as storage at the wharf or rent on the shipping container. We believe that as a premium customs brokerage we stand out from other choices when you are considering to import machinery.

Our expert customs brokers have over 24 years of customs clearance experience in importing machinery. We have a proven track record of providing reliable, cost-effective shipping solutions for our clients.

Our team of experienced professionals are experts in importing new machinery. We can assist you if you need guidance on the shipping options, costs, delivery to your site or understanding the risks involved.

Platinum® provides a One Touch® service; all customers will only ever deal with one representative from our company from the very beginning through to the very end of the project. There is no other customs brokerage that is able to offer a One Touch® service.

Importing excavators

Types of New Machinery That We Can Customs Clear

At Platinum® Freight Management, we can help you import the following types of new machinery:


  • Excavators
  • Bulldozers
  • Tractors
  • Forklifts
  • Tampers
  • Compactors


    Excavators are among the most versatile pieces of construction equipment, invaluable for tasks such as trenching, excavations, demolition and landscaping. However, before you can use an excavator on your project, you will need to import it from another country.

    We work closely with your overseas supplier, the shipping company and your transport team to ensure that your excavator is delivered to your work site. The process of importing an excavator can be complicated, but with the help of an experienced customs broker, you can have your excavator delivered promptly and on time.


    Bulldozers are essential for clearing land, digging trenches, moving debris and many other applications, making them highly sought-after equipment.

    To ensure that your bulldozer arrives safely and on time, it is important to work with a reputable freight management company experienced in handling this type of equipment. With our assistance, you can rest assured that your bulldozer will reach your site without any issues.


    Forklifts are crucial across various industries, from construction to manufacturing. Currently, most forklifts being imported arrive from China. While importing generally saves money, it is important to understand the full picture before purchasing a forklift.

    You will need to budget for the cost of the forklift, the shipping costs to New Zealand, the New Zealand port charges and the import GST.


    Tractors are essential tools in any farm or agricultural business, used for tasks ranging from ploughing fields to hauling crops, mowing lawns and even snow removal.

    While many businesses purchase tractors from local dealers, others choose to import them from overseas. When importing tractors, consider transportation costs, import taxes and compliance with safety and emissions standards. Importing can provide access to unique models or brands not available locally. With careful planning, importing tractors can be a strategic way to expand your farm or agricultural business.

    When You Are Importing New Machinery to New Zealand - Contact Platinum®!

    If you are in the market to import new machinery, don’t hesitate to contact Platinum®. Our customs clearance team have the experience and expertise necessary to make the process of moving machinery from point A to point B quickly and efficiently, without any headaches or hassles.

    We understand that time is of the essence when purchasing goods from overseas, so contact us today and let us assist you in the process.

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    Frequently Asked Questions About
    Importing New Machinery

    Can I import new machinery into New Zealand?

    You can import new machinery either in your personal name or your business name. Importing new machinery is much easier and less expensive than importing used machinery. We have encountered instances where used machinery had to be re-exported from New Zealand because it was considered a high risk to New Zealand’s agriculture. Platinum® does not work with any machinery that is considered used.

    What types of machinery cannot be brought into New Zealand?

    Most, if not all, new machinery can be imported to New Zealand. We would need to review a brochure of the machinery you wish to import, and then we can address the necessary questions with your overseas supplier.

    What do you need to import new machinery?

    Your overseas supplier, you and us work together to make the process of importing new machinery happen; we provide you and your supplier with a list of concerns and then work through the list together.

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