The New Zealand government is now allowing foreign flagged vessels and yachts with booked-in refits or repairs to enter New Zealand.
“New Zealand is respected for its world-class trades people and has many sheltered harbours and ports where clusters of marine industry companies are well-equipped to service local and visiting vessels.
The New Zealand Government understands the huge economic value that visiting commercial vessels and yachts bring to the NZ marine industry and we are delighted that they have quickly responded to our industry’s request to allow foreign flagged vessels, with work to be done, to be allowed into our country,” says executive director of NZ Marine, Peter Busfield.
The refits, repairs or refurbishment on a vessel/yacht applying for an exemption must be of substantial nature and not less NZ$50,000 in cost.
The new exemption rules also allow a vessel/yacht to be delivered to a business in New Zealand. For example, a vessel delivered on its own hull or on a ship to an agent that is selling the vessel in New Zealand, or a vessel being delivered to a commercial operator, are all also allowed entry. The border exemption does not allow vessels travelling for leisure to enter the country.
NZ Marine in association with the Ministry of Health, MBIE, Immigration NZ and Maritime NZ have developed a step-by-step guide to the process to apply for a border exemptions for a visiting vessel.
This guide is available to NZ Marine member superyacht agents and NZ Marine member major boat yards which can assist visiting yachts wishing to visit New Zealand with the vessel/yachts with a border exemption application. These companies can be found on nzmarine.com.