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Buying ship spares in NZ - import or shop local?

A trend is emerging with the influx of superyachts to New Zealand. Ordering ship spares off shore and importing them into New Zealand.

 
A trend is emerging with the influx of superyachts to New Zealand. The popularity of ordering ship spares off shore and importing them into New Zealand as 'Ships Spares in Transit'.


Despite numerous yacht chandleries and service agents around Auckland (and NZ), most visiting superyachts order ship spares from USA/Europe. Currently, ship spares can be imported into New Zealand under the vessels TIE(Temporary Import Entry) ensuring no tax or duties are paid.

Many of the crew have dealt with particular overseas marine companies throughout their career and are guaranteed familiarity, competitive pricing and fast delivery to where ever they maybe in the world, or possibly management companies dictate where ship spares must be purchased.

However incoming 'ship spares in transit' are now being scrutinized by NZ customs with vessels in the past ordering non spares(toiletries/personal goods/soft furnishing/paint) and claiming them under ship spares. This delays spares coming into NZ as many packages are now manually checked. In high season(Jan-March) we can expect up to a 3 week delay to clear some ship spares & have been cautioned by Customs that should the trend continue, each shipment will be physically checked. If one item is not an actual 'ships spare' the whole shipment will incur both duty & GST.

We regularly price check and compare prices in NZ/off shore. Yes there is a difference especially against the US/NZ$ however the difference is often the cost of freight & clearance by the customs agent of the goods into New Zealand.

We offer up to 40% discount on many shelf items in NZ directly from the importer/distributor in New Zealand. We don't charge GST on ship spares & the product is available to you now and you don't have to pay freight or clearance fees.  

So if you’re thinking of ordering bulk parts & consumables to New Zealand, get us to quote prior & don’t be caught having to pay duty & gst because you’ve included toilet paper in your shipment!!

 
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