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For new vehicles the best way of proving the vehicles meet the required standards is with a statement of compliance. In most cases the manufacturer or their agents will supply this automatically. But if you're importing your vehicle from any source other than the manufacturer or their agents, you'll need to ensure you get the necessary evidence from the recognised authorities.

Evidence for vehicles sourced from manufacturers or their agents

In most cases, if you're sourcing your new vehicle directly from the manufacturer or their agents, they'll provide you with all the information you need automatically. Usually this will be in the form of a statement of compliance, though it may be in the form of a compliance plate. See plate examples from AustraliaEurope and the United States.

You may also need test certificate information that shows it was manufactured to meet the required standards. Entry certifiers can advise whether you need this.

Evidence of compliance with emissions standards

For new light vehicles

The manufacturer's representative must provide documentation that proves the vehicle was manufactured to meet an applicable emissions standard. Learn more about the emissions requirement.

For new heavy vehicles

The evidence you supply to show compliance, eg a statement of compliance, must include proof that the vehicle was manufactured to meet an applicable emissions standard.

Evidence of compliance with fuel consumption information requirements

The manufacturer's representative must provide fuel consumption information for new vehicles to the Motor Vehicle Register in the form set out in the Land Transport Rule: Fuel Consumption Information 2008.

Most of the manufacturer's authorised agents have the authority to carry out the entry certification so you can go straight to step 4.

Evidence for private or parallel imports

Private or parallel imports are new vehicles that you buy from a source other than an authorised manufacturer's representative.

For these vehicles to be registered for use on New Zealand roads you need to provide evidence that:

Evidence of compliance with emissions standards

You can take your vehicle to the same entry certifiers as for used vehicles. They'll be able to assess your vehicle's compliance with emissions standards based on their experience of similar used models of your vehicle.

Evidence of compliance with fuel consumption information requirements

You can use the online tool (external link)  to provide the fuel consumption compliance information. You'll then receive a fuel consumption certificate which you take to the entry certifier.

If your fuel consumption certificate says consumption is 'unknown', this is still acceptable evidence to give to the entry certifier.

Next step

You can move onto step three of the importing process – preparing to import.

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