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Thread: can we pack personal belongings into the back of our van?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2012

    Default can we pack personal belongings into the back of our van?

    planning on bringing our van over as they are so expensive in NZ.If we have it shipped in a container,can it be packed with some of our belongings.Had various relocators around for quotes,some are saying yes and some are saying no.Its so confusing.Anyone had any experience of this.Thanks.,

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2008


    Although some shippers seem to say no, I've heard of many cars and vans making the trip as full as they could be, with no problems.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Chch, NZ


    It all depends on who you ship with. From the NZ end, there is no requirement if you want to load up the van on or not. The reason why shipping companies don't want customers loading up belongings into their vehicle is becaues of the hassles. Hassles like quarantine and additional fumigatiion done to the container caused by having such goods loaded. Hassles like items going missing because the person moving the vehicle out may see something they like.

    If the shipping company doesn't want anything in the van, they should at least give you the benefit to partition the container. For eg, in a 20 ft' container your van may be 15 feet long. The 5 feet of extra space you frame out, you can pack what ever you want. Make shelvings etc. but the wood must be approved for use because if it isn't, then MAF in NZ will quarantine the whole container as they would expect fumigation of the whole container.

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