Shipping To New Zealand From Australia

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Freight Forwarding Australia to New Zealand

Shipping from Australia to New Zealand is a common and important trade route for businesses engaged in trans-Tasman commerce. The proximity of the two countries and their strong trade relations make for a busy and efficient shipping corridor.

The trans-Tasman shipping corridor is a lifeline for various industries, including agriculture, automotive, technology, and consumer goods, facilitating the smooth exchange of products and raw materials. The efficiency of this corridor is bolstered by the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and other trade agreements that reduce barriers and promote free trade between the two nations.

Understanding Shipping To New Zealand From Australia

Shipping from Australia to New Zealand typically involves:

  1. Packing and labeling goods.

  2. Completing export/import paperwork.

  3. Clearing Australian customs.

  4. Booking sea or air freight.

  5. Shipping and transit.

  6. Clearing New Zealand customs.

  7. Delivering to the final destination.

Our freight forwarders can assist with these steps to streamline the process.

Our Business Shipping Services from the UK to Australia Include:

  • Customs Clearance: Assistance with export and import documentation for compliance with customs regulations.

  • Freight Forwarding: Sea and air freight options to suit various shipment sizes and timelines.

  • Door-to-Door Delivery: Comprehensive service from pickup in Australia to delivery in New Zealand.

  • Cargo Insurance: Offering protection against loss or damage during transit.

  • Tracking and Support: Real-time shipment tracking and customer support throughout the shipping process.
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Why Choose Us

Over 100 years of combined Customs experience

Premium personalised service tailored to individual requirements

All processing performed in house - no outsourcing

Systems based tariff/linkage to assist importers

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Our Customs Brokerage Services Include:

  • Customs clearance

  • Quarantine clearance

  • Tariff consultancy

  • Duty Drawbacks

  • Refunds

  • Audits

  • Transport – both local and interstate

  • Landed costings

  • Assistance with permits

Our Customs Affiliation

Powerhouse International have been members of the Customs Brokers Council of Australia (IFCBAA) for over 30 years.


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Phil Brown
Phil Brown
6 November 2023
We have been using Powerhouse now for over 20 years and the service we get is remarkable. Duncan and his team are the best in the business, I would highly recommend them.
Bill McAuley
Bill McAuley
2 November 2023
Always happy to help. Friendly & knowledgable service . *****
Jono Wishart
Jono Wishart
2 November 2023
We have been using Duncan & the Power House team for nearly 20 years now, they have provided a service 2nd to none! They have handled everything from containers, to cars, to personal imports, masts & rigging pieces from all over the world. Once in their hands you can be assured that your goods will be exported & imported with care & ease. I highly recommend the Power House team and look forward to using their outstanding services again in the future. Jono Wishart Master SY ENCORE Worldwide Super Yacht
Ellen Flint
Ellen Flint
2 November 2023
Adele and all the staff at Powerhouse International Qld provide the most professional and seamless Customs brokerage and International logistics services in Brisbane. We can thoroughly recommend their services to any import or export related business.
Dan Manchester
Dan Manchester
2 November 2023
I've been utilising the services of Duncan and the team at Powerhouse for more than 15 years and they are the best out there. They take the stress out of importing and are always happy to provide advice and help whenever they can.
Leita Battersby
Leita Battersby
2 November 2023
Duncan and The Team at Powerhouse International have and continue to provide excellent global assistance to transport our variety of goods to our valued customers around the world. Professional - yes Value for money - yes Communication - yes No job is too difficult for this Team
Diana Mitchell
Diana Mitchell
31 October 2023
Having worked with Powerhouse International QLD for 20 years. I can honestly say - Powerhouse International QLD is more than just a freight forwarder. They are a partner that I can trust and rely on. They have a team of experts who are friendly and helpful. The Team will always go over and above for you. They have a network of agents and carriers who are reliable and experienced. They have a reputation of excellence and integrity in the industry. I highly recommend Powerhouse International QLD to anyone who is looking for a freight forwarder. They are the best in the business and they will make your shipping experience hassle-free and enjoyable. Powerhouse International QLD is the ultimate choice for your logistics solutions.
30 October 2023
It's been 15 wonderful years working alongside with Adele & Duncan. Our shipping agents at Powerhouse International QLD handle all our International & local Air & Sea shipments. I know I am in good hands with them, as they are familiar with our products and most importantly will achieve all our delivery targets with ease. I cannot fault their continuous professional & friendly service. Thank you to all the team that make the magic happen behind the scenes!
Michael D.
Michael D.
29 October 2023
I have used Powerhouse for logistics requirements both internationally and domestically over the last 15 years, including during Covid, and each time those shipments have been delivered on time, in excellent condition and at a very competitive rate. They are extremely good at what they do. I must pay particular tribute to Martin Surm at Powerhouse, who has demonstrated first class knowledge and expertise to assist with some very challenging jobs around the world and has gone above and beyond every time.

Sea Freight Australia to New Zealand

Sea freight is a popular and economical mode of transportation for moving goods between Australia and New Zealand. It is particularly well-suited for larger shipments that are not time-sensitive. Here are some key aspects of sea freight services between these two countries:

Types of Sea Freight Services:

  • Full Container Load (FCL): Ideal for large volumes of goods, FCL means your goods exclusively occupy a shipping container. It offers greater security and can be more cost-effective for sizable shipments.

  • Less than Container Load (LCL): Suitable for smaller shipments, LCL allows multiple shippers to share container space, which can reduce costs for businesses not requiring a full container.

Transit Times:

  • Transit times for sea freight from Australia to New Zealand can vary depending on the ports of origin and destination, typically ranging from a few days to a couple of weeks.

Ports of Operation:

  • Major Australian ports like Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth regularly dispatch shipments to New Zealand ports, including Auckland, Wellington, Lyttelton, and Tauranga.

Advantages of Sea Freight:

  • Cost-Effectiveness: Generally, sea freight is less expensive than air freight, especially for bulk items.

  • Environmental Impact: Sea freight has a lower carbon footprint per tonne-kilometre compared to air freight.

  • Capacity: Ships can carry large volumes of goods, making sea freight a versatile option for different types of cargo.


  • Planning: Due to longer transit times, businesses should plan their shipments well in advance to ensure goods arrive when needed.

  • Insurance: It’s advisable to have cargo insurance to protect against loss or damage during transit.

  • Freight Forwarders: Working with a freight forwarder experienced in trans-Tasman shipping can simplify the process, handle documentation, and ensure compliance with all regulations.

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Air Freight Australia to New Zealand

Air freight between Australia and New Zealand is a key logistics option for businesses that require fast and reliable transportation of goods. This service is particularly important for time-sensitive shipments, perishable items, or high-value goods that demand quick delivery and careful handling. Here's an overview of air freight services from Australia to New Zealand:

Speed and Frequency:

  • Air freight is the fastest shipping method, with transit times typically ranging from a few hours to a day, depending on the flight schedules and the specific origin and destination airports.
  • Regular flights between major Australian cities (like Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane) and New Zealand's main airports (including Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch) provide frequent and flexible shipping opportunities.

Cargo Capacity:

  • While not as high as sea freight, air freight can accommodate a wide range of cargo sizes, from small parcels to larger consolidated shipments.

Cost Considerations:

  • Air freight is generally more expensive than sea freight, with costs based on either the actual weight or the volumetric weight of the goods, whichever is greater.

    Advantages of Air Freight:
  • Speed:Ideal for urgent shipments, air freight significantly reduces transit time compared to sea freight.
  • Reliability:Flight schedules are usually consistent, providing predictable shipping times.
  • Safety:Air transport has lower risk of damage or theft, and goods are handled with care.

Considerations for Shippers:

  • Packaging:Goods must be securely packed for air transit to prevent damage.
  • Documentation:Ensuring all paperwork is accurate and complete can prevent customs delays.
  • Freight Forwarders:Engaging a freight forwarder with experience in air freight can help navigate the complexities of air cargo, secure space, and manage logistics.
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Cost of Shipping from Australia to New Zealand

The cost of shipping from Australia to New Zealand can vary greatly depending on several factors such as the mode of transport (air or sea), the type of service (standard or express), the weight and volume of the shipment, the type of goods being shipped, and the level of service required (door-to-door, port-to-port, etc.).

Sea Freight:

  • For sea freight, costs can be relatively economical, especially for larger shipments. The price is typically based on the container size (20-foot or 40-foot) for FCL or per cubic meter for LCL shipments. Additional costs may include port fees, customs clearance, and delivery charges from the port to the final destination.

Air Freight:

  • Air freight is generally more expensive than sea freight and is priced based on the chargeable weight, which considers both the actual weight and the volume of the goods. Rates will also fluctuate based on demand, fuel surcharges, and the level of service (e.g., next-flight-out, standard air freight)

      Shipping Method Estimated Cost Range Transit Time Notes
      Sea Freight (LCL) $150 - $350 per cubic meter 4 - 14 days Cost varies by volume; ideal for smaller shipments.
      Sea Freight (FCL 20ft) $1,200 - $2,500 per container 4 - 14 days Fixed price for full container; suitable for large shipments.
      Sea Freight (FCL 40ft) $2,000 - $3,800 per container 4 - 14 days More cost-effective per unit for substantial shipments.
      Air Freight $3 - $6 per kilogram 1 - 3 days Price dependent on weight and volume; for urgent shipments.

      *Additional Costs:

      Both shipping methods may incur extra costs such as insurance, packing, documentation fees, duties, and taxes.

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