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# 244971 11-Jan-2019 19:37
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Hi anyone found a good reliable economic freight company that handles all details.

 

Im bringing in 4 cu M of goods and its going to be ongoing. Also need transport for goods for orders around NZ case size about .4cu metres.

 

Any tips appreciated.

 

Al.


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  # 2159540 12-Jan-2019 04:09
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Try Mainfreight.

It seems they're making an effort to provide a 'full service' option to smaller individual importers, offering very competitive pricing.

I've recently used them for consolidation of crated goods, LCL, FCL & shipping my SOC's out of the US & Canada to New Zealand.
In the past I'd shipped myself using the cheapest option, arranged my own container loading, certification, clearances at the NZ end, collection from bonded storage and transport within NZ.

The savings I made doing everything myself weren't worth the time and stress involved.
Their process is relatively painless, they offer depot collection (for me at Otahuhu Auckland) of your customs and MPI cleared goods - or (at a decent rate) from any Mainfreight depot in NZ.

Would recommend.




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  # 2159606 12-Jan-2019 10:43
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Yes, concur, they are on my shortlist its good to get feedback prior to making a commitment.

 

By the way, once goods are loaded, is the sea time about 15 days? whatever the period, how many extra days are needed for further processing eg passing through customs until you receive the goods?

 

Regards,

 

Alistair.


 
 
 
 


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  # 2159628 12-Jan-2019 12:15
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ageorge:

 

Yes, concur, they are on my shortlist its good to get feedback prior to making a commitment.

 

By the way, once goods are loaded, is the sea time about 15 days? whatever the period, how many extra days are needed for further processing eg passing through customs until you receive the goods?

 

Regards,

 

Alistair.

 

 


The Ports of Lading for my containers were either Long Beach (LA) or Vancouver.

As soon as it was on the water they'd send through the Bill of Lading with ship/container# etc
I'd track the ship's progress online with a ship tracker app.
Long Beach 15 – 20 days to NZ - Vancouver a little longer (add an extra week if trans-shipped through LA).

While it was on the water they'd send through the Import entry paperwork - Customs & MPI declarations etc (if you haven't one already – they'll set you/your business up in Customs/MPI's 'single window' system – with a permanent re-usable importer number)

The NZ Port of Discharge for my goods was usually Tauranga, (which has a handy online ship arrival/container tracker) then via rail to their Auckland depot.

 

Their Mangere office would email through a Tax/disbursement invoice – GST/Border inspection/Fumigation/MPI etc when cleared - seemed to average about another 10-12 days after discharge from the ship before they could be collected.




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  # 2159844 12-Jan-2019 20:41
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Thanks so much. You have been very helpful.




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  # 2170769 31-Jan-2019 14:37
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To summarise end topic:

 

New Zealand has some of the strictest dangerous goods laws, and we are a problematic country to bring batteries in to. I know the problem is not insurmountable, there are thousands of Ebikes here already, and most would have come in by legitimate means.

 

Just be aware, if you are bringing in these items or any high capacity Lithium-ion batteries for that matter, that you need documentation for the outgoing port shipping agent (MSDS & Certificate Of Compliance/Spec UN38.3). It can be quite a headache!

 

Finally, I thank member Wade for recommending a shipping agent who seems to fit the bill.

 

Alistair.


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