【New Zealand Second Hand Car Export】 What are the standards related to vehicles?

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The New Zealand Transport Authority (NZTA) has set standards according to the vehicle type classification. Normal passenger cars up to 9 passengers are classified as class MA, front wheel drive cars as class MB, and off road vehicles as class MC. 

For the standard of each part, please refer to NZTA's website. NZTA: Passenger cars  

① Front crash safety standard The front crash safety performance standard introduced in April 2002 is the most important for importing second-hand cars. Vehicles manufactured for domestic market in Japan after October 1, 2003 conform to New Zealand's Front Collision Safety Performance Standards. In principle, imported vehicles can not be used for secondhand cars that do not have a frontal crash safety standard. From the top three digits of the vehicle identification symbol you can check whether each manufacturer meets the standard. 


② Emission standard Since new zealand does not manufacture cars, the emission standards have adopted standards of Japan, the United States, Australia and Europe, which are major exporting countries / regions as they are. Imported cars from Japan are confirmed based on the first alphabet of the model code described in the export schedule notification certificate, the export elimination provisional registration certificate, the completion inspection certificate for both used cars and unused cars with parallel import I will. Since Japan employs three digit codes (ex: AAA, ABA, DAA) since the 2005 exhaust emissions standards, only 3-digit type codes that were actually manufactured after 2005 Can not be imported. 

NZTA: Acceptable character sets on Japanese deregistration, export certificates or completion inspection certificates 

However, if the New Zealand Transport Authority (NZTA) certified as a special interest vehicle with historical value (Special Interest Vehicle), you can import it even for over 20 years of age.  

③ As a rule, you can only import right-hand drive vehicles and register vehicles as a rule. The change to the right steering wheel is necessary for the left steering wheel car.  

④ Electronic Stability Control (ESC) On July 1, 2015, new imported vehicles are obliged to equip the sideslip prevention device (ESC). For secondhand cars, the applicable targets are being expanded sequentially. The introduction schedule for used car is as follows.

· From March 1, 2016: Used car corresponding to MC (off-road vehicle, SUV) classified by the Transportation Bureau. 
· After March 1, 2018: Used car corresponding to MA (Passenger Cars) classified by the Transportation Bureau, with exhaust volume exceeding 2,000 cc. 
· From March 1, 2020: All other used cars. Used car that falls under MA of 2,000 cc or less.

In Japan, the model to be launched as a new model after October 2012 and the model to be fully remodeled are obligatory for existing models, since October 2014 Equipment equivalent to ESC is obliged (Minicars are new models Has become obligatory after October 2014, otherwise it becomes mandatory after February 2018). 

The system is different for each manufacturer, and the name is different. ESC certified by the New Zealand Transport Authority (NZTA) can be confirmed on the NZTA website.

NZTA: Electronic stability control identification  

⑤ Exhaust Noise Regulation When exhaust noise is too large due to muffler inspection due to watching in the stopped state during vehicle inspection, noise measurement inspection (Objective Noise Test) may be required. It will not be a problem as long as the state manufactured under international standards is kept. 

⑥ Other  

As stated in ②-1, in order to show that the emission standards and frontal collision safety performance standards conform to the standard (Overall Standards), "completion inspection completion certificate", "export schedule notification certificate", "export Cancellation provisional registration certificate "(printed with deletion registration number issued by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport) is submitted. Those which are described as "reform" in the model column of these documents mean a remodeled car, so there is a possibility that it does not meet the criteria such as emission standards and safety standards. 

Relevant organization 
Ministry of Primary Industry

Applicable laws and regulations 
New Zealand's legislation: 
Automobile Sales Method (Motor Vehicle Sale Act 2003) 

Reference information / document 
JETRO: 

New Zealand Transport Bureau: 

New Zealand Customs: