Exporting Electronics From New Zealand? Here’s A Quick Guide

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Maybe you’ve decided to start a new electronics e-commerce business, online and perhaps, also on social media, and expect to have international customers buying from you. Or you have an existing bricks-and-mortar store and realised it’s finally time to take it online to sell products locally and globally. 

Whatever the case may be, it’s not quite as simple as setting up shop and exporting electronics as if they were any other item. There are indeed rules that should be followed, both from the perspective of packing as well as each particular country’s rules about importing electronics as well.

Although not one of the top electronics exporting countries (China being the biggest exporter, unsurprisingly), New Zealand offers international customers a level of quality that may not exist elsewhere. Additionally, there are several electronic products that are either originally from New Zealand or are simply priced better than their overseas counterparts.

Before you begin exporting electronics from New Zealand, perhaps covering these frequently asked questions will help you get a better idea of what to expect and prepare.

Frequently asked questions about exporting electronics to countries across the globe

1. How do I keep batteries secure?

If you’re exporting electronics that have detachable batteries, be sure to safeguard any terminals against potentially short-circuiting by covering them with insulating and non-conductive material or individual inner packaging. 

2. How do I ensure the product is well-protected during shipment?

Avoid your customer receiving a damaged product by using correctly-sized packing cartons that offer extra protection such as corrugated cardboard boxes. If there is any excess space, use a void filler such as air pillows or packing nuts. When it comes to electronics, you may also want to consider additional cushioning to protect delicate parts such as buttons, plugs and wires. Pack them separately before placing them all in a larger box. Look out for packing mistakes like wrong box size or insufficient internal cushioning materials too, so that your electronics remain in pristine condition when they arrive at your customer’s doorstep.

To further protect the product, you may consider insuring your shipments in order to safeguard yourself from the economic impact of damaged items while in transit. This especially rings true for the bigger-ticket items you’re sending. 

3. Do I need to disassemble the electronic item?

When exporting electronics that include multiple components or for orders that have several items, take the time to separate each. Not only does this mean there won’t be any loose items bouncing around the package, but it can also help your customer easily identify all of the items to confirm everything has arrived as ordered.

4. How do I label my packages before I export electronics?

Clearly mark the package with all labelling required by both New Zealand and the destination country to reduce the chance of it being held up during its journey and therefore prolonging delivery times. If no requirements have been specified, it is good to check in with the customs department or your delivery company.

5. How to decide on a delivery company?

While there may be a few options when choosing a global delivery company, most are simply not reliable or careful and look at it as ‘just getting the job done’. 

A world-renowned and trusted global delivery company will go above and beyond from the time your package is picked up to its eventual delivery to ensure a completely smooth, careful and on-time delivery. Consider those that also offer a wide range of delivery options, including on-demand delivery.

Know the importing electronics rules of the countries you’re shipping to

Each country has its own rules and regulations when it comes to importing electronics. If you’re looking to make the shipping process as streamlined and hassle-free as possible, learn the rules of electronics exports by country – especially those you ship to the most.

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With a global logistics network that spans across 220 countries and territories, DHL Express has the power to get every one of your products to their destinations faster and with more care. 

We work with electronics exporters in countries all around the world, and will assist you wherever necessary to create smooth, safe and streamlined shipping you can 100% rely on. 

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