How to Buy a De-registered Car in NZ
Posted on 1st October 2018
If you are looking into purchasing a second-hand vehicle, you may come across so called de-registered cars. Their great advantage is that they can be a bargain. Although there are legitimate reasons why a car may be de-registered without it hiding anything sinister, you should however exert caution and do your homework as it can also be a sign that the vehicle is a lemon.
How To Clean Your Vehicle to MAF Standards
Posted on January 15, 2015 – Shipping Vehicles
New Zealand news reports are always chock-full of stories about bugs, weavils, spiders and other nasties which have crawled their way through customs and threaten our way of life.
But when we’re so reliant on fruit, milk and animal exports it makes perfect sense for us to be pretty vigilant when it comes to what’s crossing our borders.
At McCullough, it’s our business to cross those borders daily and we take pride in playing our part to keep New Zealand as pest-free as we found it.
So here’s our step-by-step guide to what you need to ensure you’ve done to bring a clean and pest-free vehicle into New Zealand.
- If you are importing a vehicle, the government has strict rules on how you clean what you bring in neatly summed up as “All vehicles/machinery imported into New Zealand must be cleaned, internally and externally, including those areas not accessible to physical inspection, to ensure that biosecurity risk organisms are not present”. In reality this means steam-cleaning, fumigating and scrubbing everything from internal upholstery to under the bonnet.
- Vehicles in the following categories require mandatory decontamination, either through fumigation, heat treatment or other approved equivalent means:
- Used vehicle/machinery parts, including vehicles/machinery imported for dismantling,
- Used vehicles from the United States of America, unless evidence can be provided indicating the vehicles are free of biosecurity contaminants (e.g., recently restored vehicles or cars currently used for racing) • Used agricultural, forestry and horticultural machinery,
- Used wire ropes attached to vehicles/machinery,
- Used tyres
- Vehicles/machinery showing evidence of holding pools of water or being partially or fully submerged in water (e.g., presence of water tide marks, biofouling)
- New vehicles/machinery that have become contaminated after manufacture
- Any other vehicle/unit of machinery that, by it’s very nature, use, source, history or other such factor, has been determined to require treatment (e.g., garbage trucks).
- Although many smaller vehicles such as motorcycles come in steel or wood crates – MAF requires any wooden crate to be constructed of approved ISPM15 timber. This is an international standard and a packing declaration must be filled out by the packer at origin and be presented on arrival. McCullough’s can arrange for any crating to comply with MAF regulations.
- Once the container has arrived MAF will inspect every part of the vehicle and the container and determine whether it needs further cleaning or vacuuming. They will be looking for any foreign animals, insects, plant material, food or general muck and grime. If they discover anything, they will require more cleaning, the destruction of what they discover and potential confiscation – all at your cost. So it’s extremely important to make sure anything you bring in is thoroughly clean before it leaves the foreign port.
How to Buy a De-registered Car in NZ
The Challenges of Ship Recycling
Posted on 15th September 2018
A thousand ships are dismantled every year, 86% of them in Southeast Asia often in conditions dangerous to workers and the environment.
What is a Warrant of Fitness and Can I Arrange It Myself When Importing My Car?
Posted on 1st June 2018
During the certification process, your car will be issued with a Warrant of Fitness – also called Certificate of Fitness depending on the vehicle’s size - which is a key document when importing a vehicle into New Zealand.
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