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Importing Cars from Japan

Whether you're an experienced importer or new to the process, Dolphin Shipping is the trusted partner for shipping cars from Japan to NZ. When importing second-hand cars from Japan, it is essential to comply with the latest standards required for NZ on road registration. Recent changes in fuel consumption and ESC standards emphasise the need to stay informed about the regulations. At Dolphin Shipping, we are well-versed in these requirements and can provide the necessary guidance to ensure compliance.

As a company specialising in car shipping from Japan to New Zealand, we have cultivated a wealth of expertise and knowledge in the industry. This experience sets us apart and enables us to confidently assert that we are the best company for this service. We possess a deep understanding of the intricacies of the car shipping business, allowing us to streamline the process and make it stress-free for our valued customers. Our ultimate objective is to deliver a seamless experience from beginning to end, ensuring your satisfaction throughout the entire journey.

Through our collaboration with our trusted Japanese office, Daiwa Logistics, we offer a comprehensive door-to-door solution. This means that we take care of every aspect of the shipping process, ensuring a smooth and efficient transition from the origin point in Japan to the final destination in NZ. By working closely with Daiwa Logistics, we uphold the highest standards of reliability and efficiency, maintaining the stellar reputation that Dolphin Shipping is renowned for.


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Importing cars from Japan

Dolphin Shipping will book space, typically on a roll-on/roll-off vessel specifically designed for car shipping. We have around 3 to 6 sailings per month from Moji, Osaka, Nagoya and Yokohama through to Auckland, Lyttelton, Wellington and Nelson.

Upon the car's arrival into New Zealand, we take charge of liaising with NZ Customs and handle all port clearance procedures. It's important to note that all used cars must undergo a compliance inspection before they can be registered for NZ roads. To assist you with this requirement, we highly recommend Fasttrack Compliance, a reputable Compliance Centre located in both Auckland and Christchurch.

Dolphin Shipping provides a complete package and one price, meaning we are the point of contact from the time your vehicle is purchased in Japan to the time it arrives. Between Dolphin Shipping and our Japan Office Daiwa Logistics, we will arrange the pre-export inspections and export clearance in Japan, through to vessel bookings, import clearances and transport through to compliance. We handle each crucial step of the process. Rest assured, your Japan to New Zealand Car Shipping needs are fully covered.

If you have already purchased from a Japanese Export Agent, we will coordinate with your supplier to arrange the shipping of your cars on the next available ship.

Choose our services for a hassle-free car shipping experience, with all aspects of the process handled professionally and efficiently from start to finish.

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comprehensive package includes:

  • Pre-export inspections.
  • Vehicle export clearance.
  • JEVIC (Odometer Verification, NZTA Border Check, Takata Airbag inspection & the Bio Security Cleaning by MPI).
  • Heat Treatment during the BMSB Season.
  • Ocean Freight and BAF.
  • Import Customs Clearance.
  • Delivery from the Port to Compliance or a Yard.


Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to ship a car from Japan to NEW ZEALAND?

What are the benefits of importing a vehicle from Japan to New Zealand?

Is it hard to import vehicles from Japan to new zealand?

Are imported vehicles from Japan good quality? (Grading System)

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Our dedicated team of professionals will guide you through the necessary documentation, customs clearance, and ensure a hassle-free vehicle importation process.