Shipping From The USA To New Zealand (GUIDE) 🇳🇿 • Planet Express

Do You Want To Ship To New Zealand From The US?

In this guide, you will find all the information needed for the shipping package from the US to New Zealand.

We are going to explain to you, how does it work, how much does it cost, how to declare the goods, what are the prohibitions & restrictions and much more.

If you are interested in specific sections only (costs, VAT, delivery time, etc.), take advantage of our navigation below.

Shipping Price And Delivery Time From The USA To New Zealand

Prices of shipping from the USA to New Zealand are very affordable. For smaller packages, the price starts on lower dozens of dollars. The estimated postage and delivery time can be calculated using our postage calculator.

The price of the shipping depends mainly on the dimensions of the package, its weight, and the delivery method you choose. To lower the price to a minimum, choose slower delivery methods.

The delivery from the USA to New Zealand usually takes around 4 business days with express methods and 20 to 30 business days with cheaper, ‘economy’ methods.

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The more expensive methods like DHL Worldwide Express, FedEx Priority, and FedEx Economy, are suitable for those that want to enjoy the content of the package as soon as possible.


How Does The Shipping To New Zealand Work?

Generally, there are 2 most used ways how to ship goods and personal items from the US to New Zealand. The first is you find some carrier like FedEx, contact them, schedule the pickup and they deliver the package to your delivery address. It works, but it is ridiculously expensive.

The second way is to take advantage of a package forwarding company like Planet Express. You can benefit from several advantages when using the package forwarder. The following table shows the pros and cons of traditional shipping and package forwarding (Planet Express).

Traditional ShippingPlanet Express
Costs of the shippingVery expensiveMuch cheaper
Delivery timeDepending on the delivery methodDepending on the delivery method
Additional servicesVery limitedWide selection*
Delivery methodsLimited, depending on the carrierWide selection (more carriers)
Customer supportVery slowVery responsive and helpful
Package consolidationn/aAvailable

*Read below how you can benefit from our additional services.

Shipping From The USA To New Zealand With Planet Express

Whether you wanna shop from the US stores that don’t offer delivery to New Zealand, or you just want to send some personal items, Planet Express is here to help you with that. The shipping process can be described in 3 simple steps.

1. Getting a Free USA Address

At Planet Express we can provide you with a free US address in Gardena, California, and also with a premium sales-tax-free address in Portland, Oregon. You can use these addresses for orders from the US stores, or even for packages containing your personal items, eventually gifts from your friends that live in the US.

2. Using Your USA Address

When you have the Planet Express address, feel free to use it for receiving the orders from the US online stores. Once we receive packages addressed to you, we link them with your account and send you the notification email. Then you can take advantage of one of our additional services. Once you decide to send the package to your home address in New Zealand, proceed to step 3.

3. Choosing The Delivery Method From The USA To New Zealand

Before we can send the package to you, you have to complete the customs declaration. It is an online form where you describe the contents of the package. It is closely tied up with customs and it allows customs officers when checking the imported package.

Once you finish the declaration, you can choose the delivery method that suits your needs. We offer quick delivery methods and even cheap, slower ones. Read more about the methods in the following section.


Duty & TAX

New Zealand has a de minimis threshold of NZ$1000 for GST. This means that if the value of your package is less than that, you don’t have to pay GST (this doesn’t apply to alcohol or tobacco). However, the following statement is very important:

“Please, be aware that if two or more packages arrive for you at the same time, Customs may combine them as one import for the calculation of duty.” (Source)

The standard GST rate is 15% in New Zealand.

Example: If you buy an iPhone from the US for $999 and you pay $50 for the shipping, you have to pay GST (15%) from the total costs ($999+50=$1049). This means the total costs would be 1049+0.15*(1049)=$1206.35.

Read more info about customs on the official NZ customs website.

The completion of the customs declaration is the responsibility of each customer. If you do not know how to do it, read our guide How to fill out the customs declaration.


Prohibitions & Restrictions On Goods Imported To New Zealand

There are also some restrictions on some goods. Each carrier has its own list of prohibited items. So what you can’t ship from the US to New Zealand? You can read the terms of each carrier under the following links:

The most important information for you is that we cannot ship the following items from the USA to New Zealand:

FoodEquipmentClothing
Wooden itemsAlcoholCigarettes
TobaccoDrugsMedicines
Plant productsAnimal productsArt supplies
CosmeticsHuman productsJewelry and crystals
Oil, not edibleRocks, sand, clay, and gravel

Source: mpi.govt.nz

If you are not sure whether some restrictions apply to your goods, please visit the Ministry for Primary Industries website, review the above terms of each carrier or contact us at [email protected].


Take Advantage Of Some Of Our Other Services

Planet Express is not just about forwarding packages. We also offer our customers additional services such as consolidationfulfillment or Shop For Me service.

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Calculate the Postage Price in Advance

You can easily calculate the postage price in advance. Take advantage of our postage calculator. Just fill in some details and you will get an estimate of the price and delivery time.

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Let Us Shop For You

Don’t you have time to shop, or does the business not accept your preferred payment methodTell us what and where you want to buy and we will do the work for you.

Use Shop For Me

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Save Up To 80% With Consolidation

f you order more pieces of goods from different stores and you want to save on postage, we recommend using the consolidation serviceYou can save up to 80%.

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Do You Have Any Other Wish?

Do you need to scan documents, remove invoices from the package, check the status of the goods, fill customs declaration, or something else? Just make a special request.

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Why Choose Planet Express?

✔️ We offer one of the best prices on the market.
✔️ We provide excellent English speaking customer support.
✔️ We have great customer reviews.

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Useful Information For Purchase And Package Forwarding From The USA To New Zealand

Read our blog, where we regularly publish tips for different kinds of goods. Also, make sure you visit our following page where you can watch tutorials on how to order from the most popular US stores.

We deliver to all parts of New Zealand – from Auckland to Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington, Nelson… We cover 100 % of the cities and villages in New Zealand. You can manage everything from the comfort of your home.


Shipping From The USA To New Zealand FAQ

💵 How much does it cost to ship from the USA to New Zealand?

The price of the shipping to New Zealand varies depending on the delivery method you choose, the dimensions and the weight of the package. Cheaper methods costs between $5 to $20. The more expensive ones are usually above $40 for the smaller packages.

⏱ How long does it take to deliver from the US to New Zealand?

Getting a package from the USA to New Zealand takes around 8 business days with fast delivery methods, about 20-30 business days with slower delivery methods.

🇳🇿 How do I ship from the US to New Zealand?

Step #1: Get a US address for free with Planet Express. Sign up now.
Step #2: Order goods to one of the addresses you get from us. We offer a sales-tax-free address in Oregon for our premium users too.
Step #3: When we receive your order, you get a notification email from us. Then we can forward your package to your home address in New Zealand. Read more info here.

💵 Is shipping to New Zealand expensive?

It depends on what do you wanna ship and how. If you use traditional shipping (ie. you use carrier directly), you will pay much more then using a package forwarding company.

✈️ Does USPS ship to New Zealand?

Of course, USPS delivers to New Zealand. They offer several methods including Postal Service: Fully Tracked, USPS Priority, USPS Express.
With Planet Express, you will get discounted rates on these methods so you can save a lot of money.

📦 Does Amazon Ship to New Zealand?

Just a very few products are shipped to New Zealand directly from Amazon. However, you can take advantage of our package forwarding service. We are able to forward products from Amazon US to New Zealand. Read the whole guide on how to do it on our page dedicated to Amazon.

✈️ Does FedEx ship to New Zealand?

Yes, FedEx delivers to New Zealand. At Planet Express, you can choose from FedEx Economy and FedEx Priority delivery methods. We offer discounted rates for these methods.

✈️ Does DHL ship to New Zealand?

Absolutely, DHL delivers to New Zealand. It takes around 5 business days to deliver.


Fulfillment

Our fulfillment center services are used by those who want to save on storage costs. We offer the opportunity to rent storage space in the California warehouse. In addition, we will handle logistics for you, your only concern being the marketing of your business and the administration. For individual calculation, please contact us at [email protected]