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New Zealand Quarantine (MAF = Ministry of Fisheries) changed the laws on 1st January 2004 for people migrating to New Zealand. 

All containers containing personal and household effects must go from the wharf to the nearest bond store for unpack and inspection. 

This has added about NZ$1,600.00 plus GST some say more to what you previously had to pay, the extra monies go in unpacking charges and hiring a removalists to pick up your goods from the bond store and cart home.

If you think you can save money by unpacking the container yourself.. forget about it ..due to Work Place Safety issues, NZ bond stores are not allowing members of the public to unpack their containers at their bond stores.

To be perfectly honest MAF recent decision its not at all helpful, and is creating wide divisions in the migrating community, and this includes returning New Zealanders. 

The solution apart from giving MAF the flick for creating a stupid costly process, is very simple its called a tailgate inspection , the quarantine officer comes down to the wharf, rail head or bond store and opens the container doors and confirms that the owner has indeed positioned the following contentious items at the container doors. 
Lawn mower, garden tools are indeed washed, the vacuum cleaner has its bag out, the quarantine officer signs off and the container is then delivered to the owners residence for the owner to unpack.

This simple but effective process eliminates re-handling,  goods are kept intact from door to door, minimises loss, theft, pillage or breakages. 
Expedites the return of the shipping container in a short space of time so that New Zealand exporters have a chance to ship their goods and earn income for them selves and ultimately New Zealand

You will find that credit will not be given for migrants, you will have to pay upfront to your clearing agent as you do not have a credit rating


We have been offered a first parcel of 5000mt ammonium sulphate in bulk from Fremantle for discharge Nacala. Terms of business to be either LIFO or other basis offered by owners for discussion. Vessel should be self geared and details in her specifications  should confirm that the gears on board are in good working order. Payment to be L/C at sight The cargo is ready for shipment earliest..


Dear Sirs,

We are looking for Breakbulk vessels/ ships for carrying Cement in regular business every month from Biringkasi Port of South Sulawesi Indonesia to :

1. Mongla Port of Bangladesh - Quantity max : 15,000 MT per shipment.

2. Chittagong Port of Bangladesh - Quantity max : 25,000 MT /shipment

3. Taichung port of Taiwan - Quantity max : 25,000 MT/shipment.

If You are in position please offer the best rate

4 / 04 / 03

Seeking a vessel to carry regular monthly consignment ex Cairns to either a) Phuket (Thailand) or b) Male (Maldives)
2 x 11m L x 5.8m W x 1.5 H @ 2 tons each
1 x 12.4m L x 3.0m W x 3.0m H @ 3.5 ton
1 x Container - 40' high cube
Shipments to start from may 2003

8 08 02

People often ask for credit in the shipping industry here is an example of why the industry does not provide credit even to commercial companies 

The New Zealand company is 
Macau Motors 
1100 Great South Rd 
Westfield, Otahuhu, Auckland NZ
The owner is Steve Beston 

On the vessel Bunga Teratai v1061 ex Brisbane to Auckland 
Bill of lading  BNEAS407403 
shipped on board Brisbane 17th March 02 
One ute tray 1.903 cbm / 100 kgs 
account to Macau Motors is A$ 402.54 

Steve comes across as the genuine article, his supplier for his 4 x 4 parts comes from Hervey Bay in Queensland. 
Delays of 3 weeks are encountered from his supplier Steve not a happy little vegemite with phone calls to us on a number of occasions asking us to chase his supplier. Goods eventually arrive and shipped out in the week they arrive in Brisbane.

It's now 8th August and still no money, you have to ask yourself would you do business with this man
if you do  .. ask for all your money up front and certainly wait till the cheque has cleared before you hand over your goods. 
In our case we are only talking about A$ 402.54 .. its not as if we are playing for sheep stations ...
You have been warned. 
Mind you when or if he does pay we will let you know..


We are looking for ocean going vessel leaving Auckland after America's Cup going to WCUSA to carry the following motor cruiser 21.12 m long x 6.75 m wide x 3.6 m high 513.22 cbm / 150 mt please email 


We are seeking interest for ship owner with bulk facilities to call into the Port of Kurumba to pick up 10,000 mt of grain 
Please advise minimum parcel ie 1,500 mt or 2,000 mt and whether you have on board self loading / discharging capabilities
please email 


Exporters to East Timor 
Informed sources in Darwin are saying the U.N are taking 8 to 12 months months or more to pay their Bills / Account, can you afford to carry an account for that long. 

In fact the Northern Territory hasn't been paid for water treatment plant they put in 3 years ago.
Remember Morris Catering from Yatala in Qld who got the U.N contract in Somali. 
Mr Morris was kidnapped and then killed by locals because the U.N after 2 years still owed Morris Catering 70 % of their outstanding account.
Moral of the Story .. make sure you can put food on the table for your workers and their families before you work for the U.N


Thank you for sorting out Brennan's. I finally picked up my boxes today....several ripped and crushed, but mostly intact I think. Anyway, I'm over here, with some of my personal effects, and I want to thank you all at Australia Trade for your patience and diligence. You made an anxious experience much more enjoyable. Thank you! Max Overton 
PS....if you like historical novels, have a look at my geocities website!

Talk about Talk the Talk, Walk the Walk. Here's a Warning to all New Zealanders , South Australians and Christians to watch out for these so called Christians !
"Robin & Gloria Gates" a Christian Missionary family of the Lodge 130 Wright Street In Adelaide had their goods shipped from Adelaide bond store, South Australia to Auckland bond store. on the vessel Fanal Mariner v 202 in December 1999 28 items or 6.3 cbm of Personal & Household Effects was received and delivered for a freight invoice of A$ 1090.00
" Robin & Gloria Gates" of 20 Newton St, Ngaruawaha (Hamilton / Huntly district) New Zealand BECOME  the FIRST New Zealanders in the History of New Zealand Shipping  who believe THEY SHOULD NOT HAVE TO PAY to have their personal effects shipped from Adelaide to New Zealand because they work for GOD.
To all Genuine Christians Please Pray For Their Soul, and get them to pay their DEBT !
They May Not Realise It BUT they Could be Batting for the Other Side.
23.02.00 Cargo, tramp or liner ship owners do you have provision to carry Passengers, we get 3 inquiries per week seeking information on passenger cargo ships, please advise vessels name, lloyd numbers, rooms available, contact name, phone, fax, email, booking details, ships sailing schedules and cost
5.07.99 We recently contracted a Brisbane container transport company to deliver a 20ft container, wait whilst container got packed and return to Brisbane wharf terminal before 9 pm. The transport company turned up at Broken Heads N.S.W between the hours of 5 to 5.30 am on a Friday morning. The driver rang the shipper on his mobile phone stated he was outside the job, ready to start packing his container, no forwarning. Then the transport company had the hide to charge waiting / demurrage time untill the shipper got out of bed and turned up on the job. Is there anybody else who has had the same experience and wishes to share
30.06.99 It has become common practice with shipping operators ( eg... ANZDL) to do away with Arrival Notices to advise Consignee or Notify Party that their cargo will be available from such and such place ( ie.. name of wharf or bond store) from the following day. For personal shippers of cars / boats / caravans / motor homes / trucks or containers this means moving into VERY high wharf storage costs until you get your customs & quarantine clearance sorted out. The current wharf rates storage at Patricks in Brisbane are First 3 days FREE next 3 days A$35.00 per day Next 3 days A$50.00 per day thereafter A$80.00 per day. These storage rates are higher than CBD rents
We have recently had customers bring containers of personal effects / household goods into Australia, we have recommended that they fumigate containers at the port of loading, so that we can speed up the clearance, without the need for an unpack at the licensed bond store. I regret to say that Quarantine are asking that all containers of personal effects be unpacked with or without Fumigation. To assist your fumigating contractors we are putting up the Australian Quarantine (DPI) requirements. Please note they are calling for a minimum of 24 hours of Methyl Bromide based on temperatures prevailing at the time of fumigation.
Many people have asked New Zealand Shipping if they carry passengers, like they used to in the old days, sadly we do not. However we have decided to use this bulletin board to ask if you know of shipping companies who still carry passengers, if you do. We require contact name phone / fax / email and countries and ports they visit and what would be the likely cost for 1 or 2 persons.
We are seeking owners wishing to sell or time charter landing barges with bow door ramps. Barges must be able to handle 50 m/t plus weight accross bow doors, have a bow door width of a minimum of 4.5 metres, have ocean going registration for work in the Pacific Islands, have power plugs to handle 20ft refrigerated containers at temps of minus 18 degrees and carry assorted 20ft & 40ft container stock plus Breakbulk and drive on cargo plus accomodation for crew, supercargo and passengers. Please supply vessels specifications, fuel capacity & range, speed when empty and full, cargo capacity, crew numbers. Fax Australian Trade & Shipping in Brisbane .(61+7) 3290 2481 Email to
12.08.98 Recently we had a vehicle 1 x 1995 Falcon Ute imported from the Port of Lyttelton ( Christchurch, NZ ) on the Ro / Ro vessel Rotoma v 636 w. The car was made available from 24th to 29th July 1998, however due to problems associated with Australian Customs, the car finally got its clearance and left the wharf on 11th August 1998.
NOW wait for this, the stevedore company " Patricks " charged AUD$ 815.00 for wharf storage for 13 days on the wharf. They say you get the first 3 days free, next 3 days at AUD$ 35.00 per day, the next 3 days at AUD$ 50.00 per day and thereafter AUD$ 80.00 per day. These rates are for CARS..hate to see what it would be for 20ft or 40ft containers.
The MORAL of the STORY either get an underbond movement from Australian Customs and get your vehicle moved to a bond store OR ask the shipping company to MOVE to another stevedoring company OR put your cargo with a shipping company that doesn't use " Patricks "
We are looking for a licensed 17 B bond store that has Quarantine approved wash bays in the Port of Newcastle. Recent events indicate that the Port of Newcastle can not handle the new container / break bulk / Lift on Lift off shipping service provided by A.A.L. On the Cape Baron v1 ex Hong Kong which arrived in Newcastle on 3rd July 98 an Australian made Titon ABG paving machine returning to Australia after completing the new Hong Kong airport runway, was held up for over 2 1/2 weeks by a lack of Quarantine officers and more importantly a lack of Quarantine facilities. If you have information that can assist other shippers and consignees about the Port of Newcastle please email
Further to this story, Quarantine say they have the man power, its that the hold up was at Toll Transport apparently the closest Customs & Quarantine Facility to Newcastle wharf.
For the record Toll Transport in Newcastle charged AUD$ 2860.00 to steam clean this paving unit, when a similar paver owned by the same customer, shipped in from the same job ex Hong Kong was brought into the Port of Sydney ..the charge for steam cleaning was AUD$ 290.00
That's a vast price difference.