Vehicle Border Inspection

Vehicle Border Inspection

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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
    - 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


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

Get in touch

To discuss your requirements in more detail, please contact us on 0800 021 169 or email 

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