Max: Were talking about importing goods to New Zealand, and four ways the supplier will cost you extra money that you didn’t budget for.
The first way that you can lose money is, surprisingly, some New Zealand importers can receive half-full containers.
Max: If you think about it, when you import two pallets or even a full container, you’re going to pay at least anywhere between NZD 1,000 to 5,000 of freight to ship the goods say from China to New Zealand.
Alex: So why we think that it’s so important not just to choose right freight forwarder but also to choose the right customs broker?
Max: We’re going to talk about mainly importing containers with used household goods to New Zealand.
And it’s going to be a very topical question, how to save money when you migrate and bring your stuff to New Zealand. What’s the first step when you prepare to bring your goods to New Zealand?
Today we’re going to talk about the price breakdown if you want to import one cubic metre standard pallet of goods from China to New Zealand.
This is the most commonly asked question, so I’m delighted to finally break it down for you.
Max: Today we’re talking about “Three things I know about my business partner, but his wife doesn’t.” And I think I should clarify some very important things straightaway. I’m not married. Alex is not married either. So we don’t live double lives. Do you Alex?
Newscaster: Well, self-driving cars, and driverless trucks, also airliners that fly on autopilot. They’ll soon be commonplace. What about crewless container ships though? Well, they’re just over the horizon, as it were. Eric Frykberg plots their course.
Eric Frykberg: Coming soon to a port near you, the crewless ship with a skipperless bridge nosing itself towards a wharf to unload its cargo. One or two people might be needed to keep an eye on the computers, but they won’t necessarily be on the vessel.
Mark: Greg Harford is from Retail New Zealand. He joins us now. Hey, are you all doomed to put up the shutters and close up?
Greg Harford: Well, we represent the retail sector including some online retailers.
So I think the outlook for retail itself is positive, but it’s certainly, increasingly, customers are looking to transact online because it’s easy. It’s convenient. And in many cases, it’s cheaper for them to do so.
Brian Gaynor Radio NZ host: New Zealand retailers say they will challenge the new government to pick up a plan the previous one left dangling, to collect GST on lower value imported goods.
Retail New Zealand says the government is doing itself out of an estimated $235 million a year in GST revenue when there’s a simple solution. Here’s Tracy Neal.