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Posting a bike - Europe to New Zealand

Old 10-10-10, 02:31 PM
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Posting a bike - Europe to New Zealand

In the hopes that somebody here already did something similar: I'm planning on sending my touring bike by mail from Europe to New Zealand. Since I don't have an address that I can use, I probably have to send it poste restante. So far, so good. But could I run into trouble with customs? And what about the organical matter? Will there be checks when I pick up the parcel? Or can it happen that the parcel will be held back at customs? I don't really want to travel 100s of miles to some customs building far away from where I'm going to arrive myself. Any bad / good experiences? Things to do? Things to avoid? Thanks!
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NZ is notorious for its organics checks so it's good you are checking. Going through the airport they held me up and went through a cleaning procedure. But that was years ago. Here's a link that you email them about. There's a phone number too.

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I'm going through the process of shipping all my household possessions from Canada to Australia (which I think has similar checks for organic material etc.) as NZ ... and yes, customs can hold the whole process up. It took about 3 weeks for my things to clear customs. It is possible that if you can't be there yourself, you might need to arrange for a customs agent or something to handle the process.
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