Vehicle Inspections

Importing a motor vehicle into New Zealand

All used vehicles entering New Zealand for the first time must go through a NZTA border check or vehicle border inspection. NZ Customs Service also check import tax or duty requirements and the Ministry for Primary Industries check for biosecurity, eg: the presence of any insects or mud on or in the vehicle.

IVS is a designated Border Inspection Organisation (BIO) who completes the vehicle border inspection on behalf of NZTA in accordance with NZ vehicle standards law.


How to book an IVS Vehicle Border Inspection

  • Ask your Customs Broker or Agent to book it on your behalf
  • Send a copy of any of the following documents to inspections(at)
    - Biosecurity Authority Clearance Certificate (BACC) or
    - Bill of Lading or
    - Waybill

The benefits of using IVS:

  • Nationwide inspection service for on or off port inspections
  • Simple online booking process
  • Prompt service - Our inspectors will be there when you need them
  • Competitive pricing

Get in touch

To discuss your requirements in more detail and for further technical information please get in touch on 0800 021 169 or email inspections(at)



Want to know more about the Border Inspection process? Here are some useful links:

IVS Border Inspection Process

  • What is recorded?
  • What happens if the vehicle has damage or deterioration?
  • Vehicle release

New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA)

  • Standards vehicles must meet to go on the road
  • Evidence / documentation required
  • Arranging transport to get it to NZ
  • Importing your vehicle into NZ
  • Exceptions

New Zealand Customs Service

  • Clearance procedures
  • Concessionary entry
  • Temporary entry

Ministry for Primary Industries:

  • Checking and meeting the requirements set on the Import Health Standards (IHS)
  • Completing a declaration
  • Biosecurity inspection of used vehicles and machinery

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