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Which UK Shipping Company Have People Used?

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Fulvisti

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294 posts

75 months

Wednesday 13th June 2012
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I'm thinking of bringing a kit car in from the UK. I'm wondering which shipping companies people have used to ship cars to NZ that are UK based. I want to try all available companies to see who can give me the best deal, as it's actually just going to be a big car sized wooden box, so probably isn't going to be too easy to move about.

Any info and advice would be greatly appreciated aswell as approximate cost of your exercise if it's not asking too much too please.

I'm making sure I get a bit of research done first so hopefully won't have any nasty surprises.

Pints

17,715 posts

99 months

Wednesday 13th June 2012
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I had household goods and sports kit (incl. bikes, fishing rods, etc.) shipped over from SA a few years ago.
We used Whites here in the UK.

The biggest nasty surprise was being hit by taxes by HMRC for goods I wasn't expecting to.

mark387mw

1,993 posts

172 months

Wednesday 13th June 2012
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I had to return to the UK unexpectedly last month which gave me the opportunity to shift the stuff I had kept in storage (mate's attic).
I used http://www.sevenseasworldwide.com because they could do any size load, had a man with a van that delivered the packing stuff, then returned to collect all my boxes. They were able to schedule a house visit to an hours time slot.
It was good service that end, however my boxes are still in transit so I won't know how good they are until next month, when it then depends on the NZ agencies. I got 12 standard size 40kg boxes for about £240.
They have an online instant quote widget and have a MoveCube which might be good for your purposes. http://www.sevenseasworldwide.com/shipping/movecub...

http://vimeo.com/sevenseasworldwide/movecube

Fulvisti

Original Poster:

294 posts

75 months

Wednesday 13th June 2012
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Nice thanks, I like the look of the movecube, the large size is about right for the body and chassis. I'll have to check the dimensions I was given by the manufacturer, But they only do AKL and WLG, I'm in CHC. Shouldn't be too hard to get down here though.

mark387mw

1,993 posts

172 months

Wednesday 13th June 2012
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Fulvisti said:
Nice thanks, I like the look of the movecube, the large size is about right for the body and chassis. I'll have to check the dimensions I was given by the manufacturer, But they only do AKL and WLG, I'm in CHC. Shouldn't be too hard to get down here though.
They quoted me to the door, I'll let you know mid July!!
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Fulvisti

Original Poster:

294 posts

75 months

Wednesday 13th June 2012
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Thanks, I'll keep my eyes open for it. Just checked the container size the kit car manuf quoted, it's a bit bigger than their largest movecube, but I'm sure they can do something. Will get in contact with Seven Seas soon.

mark387mw

1,993 posts

172 months

Wednesday 13th June 2012
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Out of interest, what kit are you getting?

jatopack

81 posts

135 months

Wednesday 13th June 2012
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Try Steve Tomlinson at Koru Customs in Christchurch - Bougt a car in for less then $3,000 two years ago - and can still do the same.

Brendon NZ

144 posts

83 months

Wednesday 13th June 2012
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I have used and continue to use Karman Shipping.They specialise in car shipping & Richard Korge is great to deal with and very experienced.They do UK nationwide car pick up in a secured covered trailer and then sole container transit to NZ. Current container only cost is £1690 + insurance. May not suit a kit car in pieces....but without a doubt the best service for bringing back a new toy on wheels.

Fulvisti

Original Poster:

294 posts

75 months

Thursday 14th June 2012
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Cool, that's all good info, I'll be emailing them all after work tonight to look for quotes. It's just going to be a big wooden box full of bits loosely resembling the car to start with. There's still tax on the lot to allow for too.

I'm looking at a Lister Bell Lancia Stratos replica, with any luck it won't be too far off, but worst case a bit of overtime and a few more months I should have enough to go ahead with it. The beauty is that you can order as much or as little as you like, so I thought I'd get the big bits that would be expensive to send all in the main shipment, and anything smaller can come at a later date as funds allow.

Edited by Fulvisti on Thursday 14th June 05:59

losthours

3 posts

47 months

Thursday 14th June 2012
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I did a ring around recently in the UK to sort my shipping. The guys at karman shipping struck me as very knowledgeable and genuine. I didn't use them, as I had to sort household goods also, but if it was just the car, I probably would have. The price I had from them was on par with most others - circa £1600 (plus insurance and nz landing costs) for a 20 foot container. I went with excess-international, as they best suited my needs for the household goods. They seem pretty happy to have goods delivered to their Wembley yard that they then containerise and ship. All very easy if you are not over there, although I've ended up with a few scratches that I'm optimistic will polish out. I used Ian Harrison at Letton Percival & Co Ltd (0151 236 4568) for insurance (1.25% for car). He sorted insurance for each of my containers near on the day of departure and sounded like a decent bloke. His name comes up frequently on the expat forums as being the man to go to for insurance. The export string on here has a few people suggesting that you don't need to get insurance, so you might like to read their comments also.

Fulvisti

Original Poster:

294 posts

75 months

Friday 15th June 2012
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Thanks for your replies, I've emailed the companies listed above and will wait for those from the other time zone to get back to me. Koru came back with a good quote very quickly, and it's nice that they're local too.

mark387mw

1,993 posts

172 months

Friday 15th June 2012
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SevenSeas have an NZ office; 33 Rennie Dve Airport Oaks 2022, 0508 21 66 98, although the ChCh company probably suits you.

AB5150

78 posts

51 months

Sunday 17th June 2012
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I have to agree , Karman Shipping are the best. I bought in an RS Porsche last year from UK. Not a scratch on it when it arrived. Got more damage at centre compliance centre - morons.

Redmist336

239 posts

95 months

Sunday 17th June 2012
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I shipped with Karman in 2010. I had the unfortunate experience where toship with them they would they would not allow external insurance. Thier insurance policy did not allow for damage on any vehicle over 3 years old and did not cover in case of total loss (where you were required to go to the shipping company). Effectively useless. They required me to sign this when the car was already at the dock and I had no opportunity to change shippers. As such my TVR shipped without insurance.... and I crossed my fingers... tightly.

In terms of the Stratos... BRAVO!!!


Edited by Redmist336 on Sunday 17th June 07:04

Fulvisti

Original Poster:

294 posts

75 months

Sunday 17th June 2012
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Redmist336 said:


In terms of the Stratos... BRAVO!!!


Edited by Redmist336 on Sunday 17th June 07:04
Thanks, fingers crossed it all works out, I don't get excited about these things until they're in my garage. But I've been lusting after the Stratos for years and years....and years. Still trying to decide on red or green though, it changes daily, decided against a rally replica, was keen on the 75 Monte scheme but I think the Stradale is the way to go.

It's a 40th birthday/midlife crisis/divorce/second wedding present to myself. biggrin

Edited by Fulvisti on Sunday 17th June 10:34

Fulvisti

Original Poster:

294 posts

75 months

Saturday 23rd June 2012
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Order made and deposit paid! Turns out they use a company that's local to them, they take the kit components away, crate them up and send them off. Pretty reasonable too. They've had a few kits go to Australia, I'll be the first of theirs to NZ. Should be here mid to late November.

mark387mw

1,993 posts

172 months

Saturday 23rd June 2012
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which colour did you decide upon?


Fulvisti

Original Poster:

294 posts

75 months

Saturday 23rd June 2012
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I love the green and I love the 75 Monte Carlo colours but I've gone for red. I don't think I'll fit the spoilers to start with, I may even try to go for the prototipo look as it makes me feel all funny.



should be here mid November

Vantagefan

592 posts

75 months

Friday 6th July 2012
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Brendon NZ said:
I have used and continue to use Karman Shipping.They specialise in car shipping & Richard Korge is great to deal with and very experienced.They do UK nationwide car pick up in a secured covered trailer and then sole container transit to NZ. Current container only cost is £1690 + insurance. May not suit a kit car in pieces....but without a doubt the best service for bringing back a new toy on wheels.
Since pestering you all about his some months ago a friend in NZ wants me to look into getting them a 4x4. I've never done it before but are there customs fees and what's the charge for a WOF, does my friend need to get the WOF done as it lands or do you get a week or so to do it?

Again thanks for all your advice.