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If you are moving to New Zealand with your loved ones and pets it’s likely you will have many questions about what you need to arrange. Here are a few of the answers to some of the questions most commonly asked. Relocating to New Zealand with your family and pets

What’s the best way to transport my goods?

There are a number of ways you can transport your household goods around the world. Depending on the quantity and your deadlines, sea freight is generally the most cost effective way of moving a high volume of goods. To transport goods from Ireland to New Zealand you generally need to allow 5-8 weeks for transit and customs clearance.

What’s the best way to transport valuables?

Air Freight is the best way to transport a small number of valuable items. It has the advantage of quick delivery, which may work well for transporting a few precious or essential items that you will need immediately.

When is the best time to start planning a move?

It’s never too early to start planning. Once you have the idea to move, arrange for removal companies to visit you at home to provide quotes for shipping your belongings. This will help you to choose a company you feel confident entrusting your belongings to.

What should I do with my pet?

Relocating abroad doesn’t mean you have to give away your family pet. Pets are good at adjusting and will happily live wherever their owners are. Moving with a pet can be a process in itself so it’ important to start preparing as early as possible. Pets can travel comfortably in the livestock hold of direct passenger flights and are checked and watered enroute.

New Zealand has strict rules on the transport of pets to their country. Dogs, cats and horses are the only animals permitted and the following import regulations must be adhered to:

  • Microchip identification.
  • Dogs Only: Blood tests for Leptospirosis, Brucella Canis, Ehrlichiosis and Heart Worm and a further two blood tests for Babesia.
  • Booster Vaccinations up to date. (Do not vaccinate against LEPTOSPIROSIS, as this may affect the blood test result)
  • Dogs and Cats: Two faecal tests with negative results for Hookworm
  • Treatment against internal parasites
  • DEFRA health certificate within 96 hours of export.? Up to date Feline Enteritis and Feline Flu vaccinations are recommended.

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