Tips when moving high-value items
Posted on 6th November 2019
Jewellery (either high in money value and/or emotional value), pieces of art, antique furniture and antique cars are just some examples of high-value items you’ll want to think about when packing for your next big move. Though it’s impossible to safeguard against the unexpected, there are certain steps you can take to make the likelihood of valuable items being lost or damaged in transit, is kept to a minimal.
How to get your Vehicle Ready for Shipping
Posted on October 22, 2019
If you are preparing your family car, motorbike, motorhome or vintage car for shipment? There are a few things you should do keep customs happy and reduce the likelihood of unwanted insects/rodents ‘setting up home’ in the destination country.
Chip packets, receipts, drink bottles and the like. Make sure there aren’t any food items, dirt from the garden centre or dog chew toys in your car. Such items can stop or vehicle from boarding the ship on time and put a bit dent in your travel plans.
The fuel tank also needs to be emptied too – no more than a quarter full, or your vehicle can’t be shipped (increases cargo weight).
If possible, avoid any inner cargo as well eg: suitcases of clothes, sports equipment, etc, as this can also delay Customs clearance.
It is very important to give your tyres a thorough clean beforehand. Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) will be checking your vehicle thoroughly for dirt, leaves, seeds and plant material in general, as well as mud. Give your vehicle a good clean, inside and outside and keep an eye out for food crumbs.
Take a few photos of your vehicle before it is shipped (both inside and out). This way you will know where existing scratches, dents, and any marks on the upholstery exist.
Damage to vehicles is highly unusual as we have longstanding relationships with our suppliers but taking a few digital snaps can give you proof and peace of mind, should the unexpected happen.
By following these simple steps your vehicle should not have any compliance issues boarding/unloading from the ship, plus, it will look and smell its best once it reaches your door in the new country.
At McCullough Shipping, we have transported, Customs cleared, bio-security cleared vehicles/boats all over the world, so we comprehensibly understand all: MAF, Customs and Port requirements in NZ and overseas. We offer customers the ability to consolidate your vehicle/boat to ensure you get the best possible shipping rate.
Tips when moving high-value items
Most Liveable Cities in the World
Posted on 30th September 2019
Looking for an overseas adventure? Perhaps a transfer within the same company or a complete change in career? If you don’t have a destination locked in yet then you’ll want to check out the top ten most livable cities according to Lonely Planet. Canada and Australia feature heavily on the list but Vienna stays in the top position for the second year in a row.
Exploring New Zealand's South Island in a Motorhome
Posted on 22nd August 2019
Seasoned kiwi travellers, Neil and Renee decided to ‘fly the nest’ after the kids had, and share their experiences and favourite destinations via their Youtube channel. They travel the world by plane, train and campervan. In one of their latest videos, Neil and Renee explore New Zealand’s Winter Wonderland – the incredibly beautiful South Island.
Getting Smart about Smart Cars
Posted on 16th July 2019
Smart cars offer a multitude of features which were once considered ‘a bit fancy but not necessary’. But consumer demand has pressured car manufacturers into installing additional features such as lane departure warning and emergency braking - or risk being left off the consumer’s car-buying list. Technology that helps a driver’s attention is also big news. Is this a result of overly busy lifestyles and trying to cram every minute of our day with tasks? We think so. As drivers, we’re all gu
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