I want to export a horsebox to friends in New Zealand


What restrictions are there for it’s import, what paperwork will be required at port of export, and what qualification/standards must the lorry have to be allowed into NZ?


At export you will need an invoice of sale (even if you are selling the item free of charge to your friends). The invoice will need to have a realistic commercial value for the horsebox or the actual sale price with the currency. You should also quote a tariff code (this is customs way of describing items) and a country of origin (manufacture). Your address and your friend’s address should also be shown. Also you need to state who is paying for which part of the transport – this is usually done with an INCOterm – shorthand terms that cover lots of detail e.g. FOB or DAP. You can look at tariff codes on-line – google on-line tariff and you will get the Government site.

You will need to give the invoice to whichever freight agent you select. The freight agent will complete a customs entry on your behalf (make sure you give all the details to the agent because you are legally responsible for the information he gives to customs). Always keep a copy of the export customs entry.

The registration documents for the vehicle will also be required.

On import to New Zealand there is likely to be import duty and tax to be paid – usually by the importer.

Your freight agent should be able to advise you regarding import requirements in New Zealand.

If you would like to contact me direct to discuss this further please do.



There are specialist freight forwarders who ship goods to New Zealand. They are:
1. Estuary Logistics of Basildon, Contact Mr Bob Silver on 01268 855555. They load a container every Wednesday and it leaves on Saturday. It takes 45 days.
2. Gondrand UK of dagenham on 020 8526 8750.
3. Crayford Freight Services Ltd of Grays on 01375 383711.
4. James Cargo Services of Colnbrook on 01753 687722

Two documents are required – 1. Commercial invoice stating market value ( search on google for assistance in valuation) Do not undervalue. 2. Packing Declaration – can get the form and assistance in completion from freight forwarder.
The horse box should be "stink clean" ie must not have traces of mud or biological matter.
The freight forwarder can assist in the cleaning process.
Ask the beneficiary in New Zealand to contact a reputable freight forwarder for any restrictions, conditions, duties in importing a horsebox. Contact Go Logistics of Auckland on 021 674891 or other freight forwarder.

K G Patel


Information on the Customs requirements for exporting is given in HMRC Public Notice 275. All notices can be found on our website www.hmrc.gov.uk under Quick Links > Library > Official Statistics – Publications – Notices, Info Sheets & Other Reference Materials > Import, Export & International Trade. The Public Notices are in numerical order.

I would also suggest that you contact the New Zealand Customs Authorities to ascertain if there are any import restrictions on such items.

HM Revenue & Customs
Customs International Trade & Excise

Export Action Plan