How To Import A Mini Truck To New Zealand

Do you live in New Zealand and looking to start a business involving load hauling? If so, you must have some vehicle models flush across your mind. One thing that you should however consider is getting a mini truck such as a used Suzuki Carry or Daihatsu Hijet from Japan. Mini trucks have become so popular today, thanks to their affordability, flexibility and reliable services that they offer. Have you thought of importing a mini truck to New Zealand?

It could become a pain and somewhat complicated for anyone who hasn’t done it before to import a mini truck. There are some steps and requirements that are required and in this guide, we hope to shed some light to help you import that mini truck the hassle-free way.

Here Are Steps And Regulations For Importing To New Zealand

To safely and painlessly import your mini truck, it is important to follow each of these steps.

Knowing More On the Vehicle

Just looking at an image in a website listing isn’t enough to give you a clear sense of the mini truck that you are eyeing. You need to know more details to determine whether the vehicle is the right one to do the task that you are looking forward to use it for.

Among some of the things that you need to do your due diligence on includes knowing more about the vehicle body, specs, performance and its current condition. This is a very crucial step before you even think of buying it or shipping it.

Understanding The Shipping Process

Although it doesn’t always make any difference to know how your mini truck is loaded or offloaded, you might just want to know a thing or two about shipping just in case you need to track it. All used vehicles from Japan are exported to New Zealand through Japan’s main ports which includes Tokyo, Nagoya, Yokohama, Osaka or Kobe and they are shipped to either Auckland, Dunedin, Napir,  Lyttleton, Welington or Tauranga. If you are going to use a local broker to help with shipping, you can get the vehicle though FOB terms which means you can pay for the vehicle only and then the rest of the freight charges can be cleared after the vehicle has been shipped.

Understanding The Age Requirements

Like most countries, there are age limits for every vehicle being imported to New Zealand and it is important to know this before you start the acquisition process. According to the New Zealand importation laws and as a way to cope up with the international emission regulations as of January 1st, 2012, a law was enacted to import vehicles manufactured no earlier than 2005. This law covers all vehicles including mini trucks and minivans. There is however an exception for vehicles that are on a “Special Interest” bracket.

On a marginal note, it is also important to ensure that the vehicle you are looking into meets the New Zealand emission standards. You may have to seek some help with determining whether a particular vehicle meets the emission standards.

We do thorough inspection and can ascertain the vehicles in our inventory meet these standards. There are also plenty of vehicles in our listings that meet the New Zealand age requirement. So you can check out one that meets your requirements.

Entry Certification

Before importing a particular vehicle, it is a requirement that one first file for an Entry requirement. This is a protocol required to import a vehicle from another country. Approval for an Entry gives one the green light to make the purchase and import the vehicle they need.

Most of the things that are required to get an Entry requirement is to get an inspection report to understand if the vehicle meets the standards and the emission standards.

Ensuring The Vehicle Is Road Worthy

Warranty Of Fitness is a section that every imported vehicle must go through to ensure that the vehicles are in good mechanical condition and aren’t rusty. This is however something that you shouldn’t worry about as we do check for this on all vehicles in our listing.

The vehicle should also be Right-Hand-Drive only. Apart from vehicles that are rated “special Interest” or vehicles for sporting and such activities, it is a requirement that every vehicle being imported meet this requirement.

Registering The Vehicle

This is also an important step that one needs to know about. After the shipping process is complete and when all the customs and taxes clearance has been made, registration is the next important step. It is however an important step that can be done easily. One will however need all the documentation pertaining the purchase and import of the vehicle.

Meeting The Health Standards Through Quarantine Service

New Zealand, like any other country has set up safety standards to ensure that every vehicle entering the country is safe from any biohazards. As such, all vehicles must pass through the Ministry Of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) for quarantine and screening purposes.


Mini trucks are one of the most invaluable vehicles for anyone who is venturing into local businesses that require carrying small to medium sized loads. With the fact that these mini trucks can maneuver through both remote off-roads and on roads, you can simply do any kind of business and haul anything. Whether you would like a vehicle to carry loads from your firm or need to start a construction business, mini trucks are something worth considering.

You can always check out our listings page to see if you can find a good mini truck that meets your specifications. The list is regularly updated depending on the mini trucks and mini vans being entered every day. We also inspect the vehicles before listing them. This way, we ensure that all the vehicles meet the required quality standards. You can always get in touch with us regarding anything about importing mini trucks from Japan to New Zealand. Our inventory features mini vans and mini trucks such as the Suzuki Carry, Subaru Sambar, Daihatsu Hijet, Honda Aty, Suzuki Mighty Boy among many others.

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