How To Import Motorcycles To New Zealand

How To Import Motorcycles to New Zealand

How To Import Motorcycles from Japan to New Zealand


If you’re looking for a unique, high-quality motorcycle or an iconic Japanese model, importing one from Japan can be an exciting and rewarding endeavour. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the process of how to import motorcycles to New Zealand from Japan, covering the necessary steps and considerations.

Research and Planning

Before you dive into the importation process, it’s essential to do your research and plan your motorcycle import carefully. Here are some key factors to consider:

a. Motorcycle Selection: Decide on the make and model of the motorcycle you want to import. Japanese brands like Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, and Kawasaki are popular choices. International brands can like BMW, Ducati, Husqvarna, Triumph, KTM and Harley Davidson are also readily available form Japanese Motorcycle Auctions.

b. Import Costs: Calculate the total cost, including the purchase price, shipping, customs duties, and taxes. You’ll also need to factor in compliance and registration costs in New Zealand.

c. Compliance Requirements: Research New Zealand’s safety and emissions standards to ensure that the motorcycle you’re importing meets local requirements.

d. Documentation: Understand the paperwork required for both Japan and New Zealand, such as the Certificate of Conformity (COC), proof of ownership, and the Import Entry Transaction System (IETS) clearance.

Find a Reliable Importer / Exporter

To get your motorcycle from Japan to New Zealand, you’ll need to partner with a reliable exporter.

When it comes to importing motorcycles from Japan to New Zealand, having a reliable partner can make all the difference. MY50 Motorcycles is an experienced importer and exporter of motorcycles in New Zealand, and they can take care of all the shipping administration on your behalf.

Here’s why choosing MY50 Motorcycles is a smart move:

With experience in the motorcycle import and export industry, MY50 Motorcycles has a deep understanding of the process, ensuring a smooth and hassle-free experience for their clients.

Comprehensive Importing and Exporting Services:

MY50 Motorcycles offers a comprehensive range of services, from helping you select the ideal motorcycle in Japan to handling all the necessary paperwork and logistics, streamlining the entire process. MY50 Motorcycles has built a solid reputation for their professionalism and reliability. You can trust them to ensure your motorcycle arrives in New Zealand in top condition and on schedule. The team at MY50 Motorcycles maintains clear and open lines of communication with their clients, making sure you are well-informed at every step of the importation process.

Choosing MY50 Motorcycles as your import and export partner can simplify the entire procedure, giving you peace of mind as you embark on the journey of importing your dream motorcycle to New Zealand.

Shipping and Customs

After purchasing and inspecting your motorcycle, it’s time to arrange for shipping to New Zealand. Ensure you have all the necessary documentation, including the IETS clearance, and comply with New Zealand’s biosecurity requirements. GST (Goods and Services Tax): You’ll need to pay GST on the total cost of the motorcycle. This includes its purchase price, shipping, and customs duties. All of the paperwork can be arranged by a reliable partner like MY50 Motorcycles in New Zealand.

Compliance and Registration:

Before you can legally ride your imported motorcycle in New Zealand, it must comply with local safety and emissions standards:

Engage an authorised compliance centre to inspect the motorcycle and make any necessary modifications to meet New Zealand standards.

Registration: After passing the compliance inspection, register the motorcycle with the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA).

Enjoy Your Imported Motorcycle:

Once your motorcycle is registered and compliant with New Zealand regulations, you can finally hit the open road and enjoy the thrill of riding your imported Japanese beauty.


Importing a motorcycle from Japan to New Zealand can be a rewarding experience for enthusiasts looking for a unique ride. By following the steps outlined in this guide and conducting thorough research, you can navigate the process with confidence.



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