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Importing a Vehicle From Singapore to New Zealand


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Professional Shipping Services: Importing cars from Singapore to New Zealand

AUTOHUB offers professional international car shipping services around the world, including from Singapore to NZ.

  • Door-to-door fixed-price service for a straightforward importing experience.
  • RoRo (roll-on, roll-off) shipping.

If you’ve purchased a vehicle in Singapore and want to import it into New Zealand, let AUTOHUB handle the logistics for you.

Our experienced team can handle every detail of shipping your vehicle to New Zealand from Singapore. This includes picking the vehicle up from the seller through to delivering it safely to your designated compliance centre – all for a fixed price.

We offer import and export services from Singapore to New Zealand

AUTOHUB’s streamlined process and years of experience shipping cars ensure your vehicle is kept safe throughout the entire importation process from Singapore to NZ. We ensure your experience shipping vehicles from Singapore is worry-free.

Why choose AUTHOHUB 

  • We are trusted shipping partners and will take complete care of your vehicle when shipping it from Singapore to New Zealand.
  • We offer several shipments each month from Singapore to New Zealand. 
  • We offer buyers and sellers complete security, including facilitating payment, to help ensure a smooth and secure transaction.
  • We take care of the many factors involved in shipping cars from Singapore. We offer a single fixed price, which gives you peace of mind that you won’t be faced with any hidden shipping-related costs.

AUTOHUB vehicle shipping services from Singapore

When shipping a vehicle from Singapore, we can help with the following services:

  • Receive the vehicle at an export centre.
  • Take care of the necessary pre-export Singapore clearance process.
  • Provide full shipping services to import the vehicle to NZ.
  • Collect the vehicle from the port of discharge.
  • Transport it to your specified destination address in New Zealand.

Services provided by AUTOHUB

AUTOHUB can transport your vehicle from Singapore using our comprehensive Door-to-Door (D2D) service. Here are some of the services we offer:

  • Payment of BAF (Bunker Fuel Charges)
  • Payment of applicable duties and taxes
  • Total loss insurance while your car is in our care
  • Customs clearance (if required)
  • Quarantine inspections (if required)

AUTOHUB specialises in transporting vehicles using RoRo shipping, but if you have other requirements, like container shipping, let us know. And as well as D2D, we’re also happy to arrange Terminal to Terminal shipping if this fits your requirements better. 

NZ Compliance and tax requirements


It’s important to check your vehicle meets New Zealand approved standards before it can be registered for use on NZ roads. Refer to the NZTA page for more information.

Unless you are a new immigrant or returning resident to New Zealand and meet all the GST-exempt criteria, you will be required to pay 15% GST on the landed value of the vehicle. This is calculated by adding the cost of the vehicle to the cost of insurance and freight (CIF) and multiplying this by 15%.

This amount may be reduced depending on how long you have owned the car. Depreciation ranges from 13% – to 75%. For example, a $20,000 car that you’ve owned for 9 months can be depreciated by 35%, making the Value for Customs only $13,000. This lowers the GST you would have to pay. Use our table below to work out your value for customs GST purposes.

Period of ownership and use overseas:

  • Less than 90 days – 0%
  • 3 months or more, but less than 4 months – 13%
  • 4 months or more, but less than 6 months – 20%
  • 6 months or more, but less than 9 months – 27.5%
  • 9 months or more, but less than 1 year – 35%
  • 1 year or more, but less than 2 years – 50%
  • 2 years or more, but less than 3 years – 60%
  • 3 years or more, but less than 4 years – 70%
  • 4 years or more – 75%.

For more information, visit the New Zealand Customs Service website.

Vehicle exporting from Singapore

Exporting a vehicle from Singapore has several requirements. Here are some of the main ones:

  • Certificate of Entitlement (COE). The vehicle must have a valid COE – a permit that allows it to be used on Singapore’s roads – if it is to be driven to the port for shipping.
  • Road tax. The road tax for the vehicle must be up to date. 
  • Export documents. The vehicle owner must obtain the necessary documents for exporting the vehicle, including an Export Certificate, a Customs Permit, and a Carnet de Passage. 
  • Additional taxes. Depending on the vehicle’s age and value, the owner may need to pay additional taxes before the vehicle can be exported. 
  • De-registration. The vehicle owner must de-register the vehicle with the Land Transport Authority (LTA) before exporting it. This involves returning the number plates to the LTA, cancelling the road tax, and surrendering its COE.

Note: It’s recommended you seek professional advice before proceeding with the export process. AUTOHUB can help with this.

You must give AUTOHUB the exact dimensions of any vehicles over 20m3 in size, so we can provide an accurate quote.

If you are unsure if the vehicle you’re considering importing from Singapore meets New Zealand vehicle import criteria, our expert team can provide you with advice and give you peace of mind before you make a purchase. 

Customer Feedback

We have many satisfied customers who have used our services to import vehicles from Singapore to key destinations around the world, including New Zealand, New Zealand, the UK, and Japan.

Here’s what some of our clients have to say:

Awesome to work with!

The service Autohub team provides is always professional and impressive. Very easy to communicate with, fast reaction and always friendly. They try to respond to my multiple requests and it is major help for my business.

Thank you for Autohub team.


Miyako(Mia) Murahigashi

As a leading company in the motor vehicle industry, it is vital that our suppliers have equally high standards to our own to ensure a supply chain that is as seamless as possible.

From the time Autohub were established, they have played an important part of that equation for us.

Always professional and available, experienced staff have dealt with any issues quickly and with a result that reiterates how importantly Autohub value us as a customer, helping to ensure our clients are getting the best buyding and ownership experience from us in a competitive environment.

Kind Regards,
Jason Wood
Paul Kelly Motor Company

If you are in Singapore and need to export a car to New Zealand, AUTOHUB offers a complete package to handle every aspect of the export, all for a fixed price.

Services provided by AUTOHUB

You can either use AUTOHUB to ship your vehicle Door-to-Door (D2D) or choose which elements of our professional service meet your needs. 

As part of our service, we will ensure the vehicle is suitable for export to New Zealand, including passing a quarantine inspection. This could include steam or high-pressure cleaning, disinfecting, and vacuuming.

Shipping services

For those exporting a vehicle from Singapore to New Zealand, we offer the following:

  • Freight
  • Payment of BAF (Bunker Fuel Surcharges)
  • New Zealand Port Service Charges
  • NZ Customs Clearance & customs charges
  • Delivery of vehicle to a local compliance centre
  • Total Loss Insurance whilst the vehicle is in our care
  • Quarantine inspection and cleaning, if required
  • Compliance for your vehicle through Penrose Compliance if required.

To facilitate the shipping of your vehicle to New Zealand, we have three services available:

  • Landed Door to Door (D2D). This includes receiving the vehicle at one of our export centres, surveying and photographing the vehicle’s condition upon arrival, conducting the pre-export clearance process, shipping, customs clearance, collection from the port of discharge, and transporting the vehicle to your specified address. It excludes any applicable duties and taxes in Japan.
  • FOB Price (Free on Board). This includes the vehicle shipping cost plus any inland costs in Singapore to get the vehicle onto a vessel. 
  • CIF Price (Cost, Insurance and Freight). This includes the vehicle cost plus inland costs in Singapore, loading costs in Singapore, freight to NZ, and insurance. All other costs are at the expense of the buyer.

For all vehicles on RoRo (roll on, roll off) vessels, our team requires the exact dimensions and weight of the vehicle for us to proceed with a quote for freight.

We can also assist with reclaiming VAT on qualifying cars and commercial vehicles if the vehicle fits the profile.

Why Choose Autohub Services


  • AUTOHUB are trusted shipping partner to take care of your imported car in both the country of export and import, including export clearance and liaison with the auction house or vendor, if applicable.
  • We offer several shipments each month from Singapore, and we liaise with both the seller and buyer if required.
  • We offer buyers and sellers complete security, including facilitating payment, to help ensure a smooth and secure business transaction.
  • We pioneered the AUTOHUB D2D one-stop, fixed-price, guaranteed vehicle delivery system to Australia and New Zealand (NZ).
  • We operate as an impartial cooperative of sellers and buyers. This lets us negotiate excellent services and prices with suppliers, to pass on to customers.

We take care of the many factors involved in shipping cars under one discounted and guaranteed fixed price, giving our customers peace of mind, service about requirements, and no red tape involved.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to ship a vehicle from Singapore to NZ?

The time to ship a vehicle from Singapore to New Zealand varies according to various factors. These include the shipping method (D2D or RoRo), the vehicle pick-up and delivery location in each country, and any unforeseen circumstances.

The typical estimated shipping time is around 3 to 6 weeks; however, delays can happen due to factors like customs procedures, weather conditions, port congestion, or other logistical issues. It’s advisable to contact a shipping company like AUTHUB for more accurate and up-to-date information about shipping times and procedures.

How much does it cost to import a car from Singapore to New Zealand?

Other than shipping costs, when importing a vehicle into New Zealand, you’ll be required to pay GST (goods and services tax) of 15% on the landed value.

There are some exemptions to this (like if you’re a new immigrant or returning resident), in which case you’ll be able to import your vehicle into New Zealand tax-free. Contact AUTOHUB for advice.

Once the vehicle is released from our care, you’ll also need to pay vehicle registration costs (which depend on vehicle type) before you can drive it on New Zealand roads.

Typical costs associated with importing a car from Singapore include: 

  • Purchase price. The cost of a car in Singapore is the first major cost to consider. This will vary depending on the make and model of the car, as well as its condition. 
  • Shipping fees. The cost of shipping the car from Singapore to New Zealand will depend on the distance and the mode of transportation. Shipping costs can range from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. Contact AUTOHUB for a quote.
  • Customs duties and taxes. New Zealand imposes taxes on imported cars based on various factors.
  • Inspection and certification. New Zealand requires imported cars to undergo inspection and certification before they can be registered for road use.
  • Registration and licensing. The cost of registering and licensing an imported car in New Zealand will also vary. This will include fees for license plates and other administrative costs. 
  • Other costs. Other costs associated with importing a car from Singapore may include insurance, storage fees, and any modifications needed to comply with New Zealand regulations.

Overall, the cost of importing a car from Singapore can range from several thousand dollars, depending on these factors. AUTOHUB can guide and advise you on all the costs associated with importing a vehicle from Singapore.

Is it worth importing a vehicle from Singapore to New Zealand?

The answer to this question depends on various factors, including the make and model of the car, the cost of the car in Singapore, the import regulations and taxes in New Zealand, and the overall cost of importing and registering the car. 

Here are some pros and cons to consider when deciding whether to import a car from Singapore to New Zealand.


  • Lower cost. In some cases, the cost of purchasing a car in Singapore may be lower than in New Zealand. 
  • Availability of rare models. Singapore is a hub for international trade, which means you may have access to rare or hard-to-find car models that aren’t available in your destination country. 


  • Shipping costs: The costs of shipping a car from Singapore can add up, especially as New Zealand is relatively far away. 
  • Modifications required. The imported car may need to be modified to comply with New Zealand standards, which can be expensive and time-consuming. 

Whether it’s worth importing a car from Singapore depends on your specific circumstances and the many factors involved. For this reason, it’s recommended you seek professional advice from experts in the vehicle import-export industry, like AUTOHUB.

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