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Move to THE USA with NZ's Premium Moving Company

NZ Van Lines is the country’s leading international moving and storage company, and one of the world’s most trusted and respected brands in worldwide moving today. We provide relocation and shipping services to all overseas locations from New Zealand.

Whether you are moving internationally to the US for family, work, retirement or to experience living in a different part of the world, NZ Van Lines are the experts in international relocations and can take care of everything making the whole moving process easy! Founded in 1986, proudly 100% NZ owned and operated, New Zealand Van Lines has been moving individuals, families, and businesses for over 35 years within Aotearoa and around the world.

NZ Van Lines #1 Moving Company to the US

The United States of America is still very much considered the land of opportunity and has a long tradition of welcoming people from all backgrounds and cultures. When you  combine the allure of ‘The American Dream’ with a global shortage of skilled workers, it’s easy to understand why we annually relocate record numbers of Kiwis, USA citizens and other adventurers to live and work in the world’s largest and most dynamic economy. 

When planning your move to the United States there’s a lot to think about. While it is considered the ‘land of opportunity,’ destination USA can be both an exciting and daunting prospect. After all there are over 330 million people living in 50 states, most of which are bigger than New Zealand. In addition, the USA has strict regulatory and security requirements, particularly for foreign nationals looking to emigrate. 

Annually we assist thousands of people move overseas. No move is the same, therefore we tailor every relocation to suit your specific items and requirements. With our extensive network of 13 branches and warehouse facilities around NZ in: AucklandBlenheimChristchurchCentral OtagoDunedinHamiltonInvercargill, NelsonNew PlymouthPalmerston NorthTaurangaWellington and Whangarei and more than 35 years’ experience in the relocation industry, you can trust NZ Van Lines with your international move.

Your Perfect Partner for Moving to The United States of America

NZ Van Lines is the perfect partner for your forthcoming move. We provide full ‘coast to coast ‘services to every state and postcode of the United States.  Since 1986 we have consistently delivered quality removal services to our customers making the move to all the primary destinations; New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Washington, Boston, Miami, Phoenix, Atlanta, Seattle and Philadelphia.

In addition to our company fast facts, here are 6 reasons why NZ Van Lines is your perfect moving partner to the United States of America.

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1. We will get you there on time

You will be aware that the global shipping industry is currently fraught with uncertainty, capacity issues, congestion, and delays. As New Zealand’s biggest removals group NZ Van Lines are in the best position to get you where you need to be, when you need to be there. With over 5000 international shipments being sent overseas annually, our removals group has the certainty to forward plan and pre-book container volumes to the United States.

If you are moving your household goods and personal effects to the USA, it’s important to get things underway as early as possible. Depending on your destination, we recommend you contact us four to five months before you intend to be there. An early booking is important to avoid congestion, and delays.

2. We have a full range of services

After 35 years of building our United States partner networks, NZ Van Lines provide a seamless door to door service to and from any corner of this vast country. Our service starts at home with the appointment of a dedicated moving consultant to assist you every step of the way. This includes everything from the packing and uplift of your shipment, the preparation and lodgement of key documents right through to a full clearance and delivery service in the United States.

Of course, our service includes much more than moving your household goods. We can get you there by either air or sea, or a combination of both, depending on your needs. In addition, we provide secure storage options, pet moving, motor vehicle and motorbike relocations, fully comprehensive marine insurance, and a range of settling in programmes at your US destination.

3. We have the expertise

Our goal is to make your relocation experience as seamless and stress-free as possible. Moving your household goods and personal effects to the United States is not something you should be leaving to chance. Since the events of September 11th, 2001, security and regulatory requirements have become some of the most thorough in the world.

Every year NZ Van Lines handle hundreds of private, corporate, and military shipments into and out of the USA. Our international relocations team are experts in their field. They know the exact regulations, paperwork, and visa requirements for virtually any circumstance.

4. We meet everyone's needs

We embrace the responsibility of getting the logistics right, while also delivering on our customer’s needs. Whether you’re moving with a few household items, or a full house load we will treat you the same. Our objective is to make the relocation process a positive, stress free and successful one.

If your consignment is a smaller one, less time sensitive or you are working to a tight budget our shared container ‘groupage’ service is a popular option. You still receive the same personalised packing and delivery services, but only pay for your share of the container costs. In most instances we can guarantee a sailing date, depending on the volumes we are accumulating.

5. We set the standard

Moving to the United States is both an exciting and life changing experience. In uncertain times you can be assured that we have all the safety and risk management processes and protocols that you would expect of New Zealand’s leading government and corporate moving company.

We provide our customers with ‘peace of mind’ by partnering them with some of North America’s best moving companies and NZ Van Lines. Through our memberships of the FIDI and OMNI international networks we can select a destination services provider to suit every circumstance, whether delivering to a major city, inland or coastal destination. Our service partner relationships are not new, they have been developed over 35 years of NZ Van Lines moving customers internationally into and out of the United States.

6. We are premium, not pricey

As New Zealand’s Premium Moving Company our business has been built on the concept of being ‘premium not pricey’. You will find us to be reasonably priced given the benefits of moving with the best in the business.

One of the primary reasons we can provide a cost-effective premium service is the volumes we are moving to the United States. Having such a vibrant corporate and private moving business enables us to route all our shared (groupage) and sole use containers directly into the most logical port city, not an isolated clearing centre on the opposite coast.

Due to a lack of volume, many of our competitors are unable to operate a sustainable groupage service to the USA. Their customers will either experience long delays or be asked to pay for a sole use container. Even for customers moving within tight timeframes we can often provide a firm groupage sailing date. We will explore and present all the options, rather than ask customers to pay for a full container that may only be half or a quarter full.

Thank you for taking the time to find more about NZ Van Lines and why we are considered the very best in the moving business. Our award winning team is excited to be of service. Request a free, no obligation moving quote to the USA online or call us on: 0800 362 236

When considering a significant life change, such as moving internationally, New Zealanders often find themselves drawn to the United States of America. The USA is known as the “land of opportunity” and has many reasons why Kiwis choose to move there. From vibrant job opportunities to a new way of life, the allure of the United States is undeniable. In our latest article we look at why Kiwis are choosing to call the United States their new home. Read more


International Shipping to the USA

If you are considering a move to the USA we will provide a seamless door-to-door process. As New Zealand’s biggest volume international mover you can be assured that NZ Van Lines has the best shipping options with regular sailings to all major ports including Los Angeles, Oakland, New Jersey, New York and Jacksonville. 

Air Freight

Air Freight shipments are generally needed when there are specific personal effects required, within a short time frame. Many customers will have a smaller air freight shipment arriving in advance of their sea freight. This is a popular option for customers moving into longer term transit accommodation while they wait for their primary shipment, or self-employed workers setting up their home office.

Sea Freight Sole-Use Container

Sole-use 20’ or 40’ shipping containers are most often used for complete house loads, and can include additional items e.g. motor vehicles. They are the most efficient and quickest option for a direct door-to-door service. In some instances, we can deliver your personal effects from the same container that was loaded at residence.

Sea Freight Shared Container

Shared or Groupage Containers are a popular choice, often being used for small shipments or when two to three households of personal effects can be consolidated into the same container. Generally, a shared container is very cost effective, as you only pay for the space you use. They are especially popular with less time sensitive customers.

Our Services

International Packing

As New Zealand’s premium worldwide moving company, our removals and packing team are the best in the industry. Our professional moving staff are trained to international packing standards, and have years of experience in export wrapping and packing, stowing, storing, and moving household goods. We will pack everything using materials that are specifically designed to protect your household effects in transit. 


NZ Van Lines will prepare a detailed inventory of all your items prior to loading; numbering, describing and labelling each item. This document key to ensuring the safe transit of your effects as it is checked and cross-checked while your shipment progresses from uplift through to delivery.

Loading and Transport

Your consignment will be loaded into a secured shipping container for shipment by sea or a customised airfreight container for transportation to the USA. NZ Van Lines will transport the consignment to the departure port / terminal.

Vehicles / Boats

Cars, motorbikes, trailers, boats etc. are received at our depot for loading, unless collection has been requested. A vehicle condition report will be completed upon arrival at our facility.

Vehicles will be secured in the container; in some instances these will be framed within the container when loaded along with household effects. Motorbikes will have custom built crates.


NZ Van Lines will prepare all the export documentation and arrange outward Customs clearance procedures, and manage payments of freight, port or terminal charges at origin and destination.


We will manage the clearance of the shipment, excluding Customs duties or taxes or any subsequent treatments ordered as a result of inspection.


Your household effects will be safely transported from the port of arrival to your residence. Please note this will be via store to meet local Customs and Quarantine inspection and clearance requirements.

Vehicles will be collected from our USA partners facility, alternatively delivery can be arranged.


All items will be placed in the appropriate rooms in your new residence, furniture items disassembled by NZ Van Lines will be reassembled.

Items will be unwrapped and placed on a flat surface such as a bench top or table top. 

We will assist with the removal of waste packing materials following delivery.

NZ Van Lines Movers Insurance

Moving from one location to another involves navigating many challenges, and one of them is concern for the safe transport of your household goods and personal effects.

NZ Van Lines provide a complete range of marine transit insurance options, while your possessions are under our care. You will have full protection for damages, partial or total loss, from the moment our packers arrive at your home, until you take delivery and are unpacked, at your destination.

Secure storage solutions

NZ Van Lines provides a broad range of storage solutions for both short and long-term requirements. We can assist with secure and affordable options in either New Zealand or the USA before or after your household goods are shipped to the USA.

our standards and accrediations

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FIDI is the world’s largest global alliance of international moving and relocation companies, with members in over 100 countries. All FIDI affiliated companies have one thing in common: their high level of quality service - and we prove it.

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IAM (The International Association of Movers) is the moving and forwarding industry's largest global trade association. With more than 2,000 members, it comprises companies that provide moving, forwarding, shipping and logistics in over 170 countries.


OMNI (Overseas Moving Network International) is a network of the world's finest corporate moving and relocation companies operating on every continent. Represented worldwide by companies that have demonstrated the excellence of their service, market influence, financial security and innovation.


NZOMA (New Zealand Overseas Movers Association) is a national organisation for members who are quality accredited with a global industry specific standard, whose objectives include delivering high professional, financial, ethical, operational standards, and leadership for the New Zealand international moving industry.

Popular USA destinations


LA Los Angeles

For over 35 years we have consistently delivered quality removal services to our customers making the move to LA, California.


New York

New York, New York! Planning a move to the ‘Big Apple’? NZ Van Lines are here to help you plan and manage your relocation to the USA.



Chasing the American Dream and relocating to Chicago? New Zealand Van Lines has been helping Kiwis relocate from NZ to Chicago and all over the USA since 1986



For over 35 years NZ Van Lines have consistently delivered quality removal services to our customers making the move to Boston.



NZ Van Lines is the perfect partner for your forthcoming move. We provide full ‘coast to coast‘ services to every state and postcode of the United States.


View of Denver

The city’s welcoming community, stunning natural surroundings, and a laid-back lifestyle make it an attractive destination for Kiwis seeking new adventures and professional growth.


View of Seattle

Kiwis are drawn to Seattle for its booming technology sector, with major companies like Microsoft and Amazon headquartered in the area, providing ample job opportunities. 


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New Zealand Van Lines have been helping individuals and families move to San Francisco for over 35 years providing a ‘one company’ service.

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FAQS - moving to the usa from nz

We recommend you give us as much notice as possible, especially when you are planning to immigrate to the USA. As a general guideline you should book your move two to three months prior to the moving out date.

NZ Van Lines is one of the world’s most trusted and respected moving and storage companies. 

Why choose NZ Van Lines?

  • We have over 35 years experience
  • NZ’s first FIDI affiliate
  • Full Global Door-to-Door Service
  • 13 branches NZ wide
  • Privately owned, 100% Kiwi company
  • Full professional packing service

To learn more about us visit our ‘Why move with us’ page.


When planning your move to the United States there’s a lot to think about. While it is considered the ‘land of opportunity,’ moving to the USA can be both an exciting and daunting prospect. 

NZ Van Lines is the perfect partner for your forthcoming move. We provide full ‘coast to coast ‘services to every state and postcode of the United States. To get things started request a free, no obligation moving quote – our team will be back in touch to discuss your moving requirement and provide a quotation.

New Zealand Van Lines have partnered with XE Money Transfer, a trusted global payment and foreign exchange specialist to provide highly competitive exchange rates and tailored currency advice to both private individuals and businesses alike. XE is the world’s trusted currency authority used by more than 300+ million people a year.

XE Money Transfer makes international payments fast, easy and highly secure.

To become a permanent resident of the United States you need to obtain a Green Card. This can be obtained through being an immediate relative of a US citizen, through employment or family sponsorship. To learn more follow the link.

We strongly recommend you take out transit insurance cover for your relocation. VERO underwrites our protection plans. They are specific to the industry, providing full ‘end to end’ protection against the risks associated with moving house.
Having insurance protection will help you sleep at night, until everything is safely delivered. Accidents, unforeseen weather conditions and risk events can occur at anytime, even with the most careful of moving companies.
When moving internationally, there are additional risks. After your goods are packed they will be passing into the hands of other organisations including rail and shipping companies, airlines, handling agents and customs and quarantine officials.

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