Statement of Compliance in New Zealand: Bringing a Japanese used vehicle into New Zealand?
In order to get your imported Japanese used vehicle registered for using on road, than you must need to obtain a Statement of Compliance in New Zealand.
What is a statement of Compliance?
It is a statement from an authorised representative of a vehicle’s manufacturer meeting the listing the standards to which the vehicle was certified when it was made.
If the vehicles meets with all listed standards, includes in New Zealand rules and regulations, the statement of compliance is acceptable proof that their vehicle meets the required standards.
Compliance is a standard that verify your imported Japanese used car things such as safety standard of your car as well the emission requirements, without obtaining Statement of Compliance you can not import used car from Japan to New Zealand.
How to get Statement of Compliance?
First of all you need to contact an authorised representative of the vehicle’s manufacturer. The representative should belongs to New Zealand or an overseas representative who is certified to authorised by the manufacturer to issue statements of compliance.
Ask your authorised representative to complete a statement of compliance and provide a covering letter on company letterhead. The representative must sign both the statement of compliance and the covering letter. You then present the original documents to the entry certifier (the manufacturer’s authorised representative may offer to do this).
Before entering in New Zealand all vehicles should be checked, certified, registered and licensed than after only you can use them on the road. This process is called entry certification.
What are the process involves in an entry certification?
Only approved testing stations can carry out entry certification inspections. The process involves an entry certifier:
- Approved entry certifiers do verification of vehicle and it should meet the required safety emissions and frontal impact standards when it was made.
- They do vehicle inspection for verifying the current right condition of the vehicle, is it still in good condition or not?
- Decides whether the vehicle needs any repairs and/or specialist certification to meet legal safety requirements.
- Do Certification of the vehicle should meet safety and emissions requirements.
- They also verifies legal owner of the vehicle.
- Verify the vehicle’s identity and that it has a valid VIN assigned and affixed.
- Where the vehicle meets requirements, the certifier issues.
- A registration application form (form MR2A), which verifies that it has passed these checks and is safe for you to drive.
- A warrant of fitness or certificate of fitness, depending on the vehicle’s size.
When you are importing your used car from Japan you must provide evidence that it meets a range of approved standards be registered for use on the road.
What evidence you need to provide?
Proof of Ownership:
You need to present a proof that you are the original legal owner of the vehicle. It includes the original papers that proves previous registration and provide an ownership chain that goes back to the last registered owner in the country where the vehicle was last registered.
For importing both used and new vehicles you have to present an original export or completion inspection certificate which must show one of the applicable emissions code character sets at the beginning of the industry model code. Alternatively, a statement of compliance that includes an approved emission standard is acceptable proof that your vehicle meets New Zealand requirements.
Evidence of compliance with frontal impact standards:
It depends on class of your vehicle (class MA, MB OR MC,) according to the class of your vehicle you need to prove that it was manufactured to meet an approved frontal impact standard. Depending on the date of manufacture you have to provide proof of its compliance using:
- an export certificate with a type designation number (TDN). A TDN having five digits and is also referred to as a type approval number.
- a completion inspection certificate.
These will not apply to your vehicle, you’ll need to get a statement of compliance as evidence.
For importing a car of class MA :
There is a frontal impact lists, which covers vehicles manufactured during 1994-1996 when frontal impact standards were being developed and the vehicles that comply according to the list, they therefore apply mainly to used imports. If your vehicle does not meet a frontal impact standard, then you cannot bring it into New Zealand.
Mini-sized cars(under 660cc) from Japan comply if they were manufactured on or after 1 July 2000.
- Cars that are not mini-sized comply if they were manufactured on or after 1 January 1996 in Japan, for the Japanese market or were manufactured on or after 1 April 1999 and were accepted through Japan’s vehicle approval process.
You may not have to prove your vehicle complies with frontal impact standards if:
- If the vehicle is more than 20 years old.
- If you are importing a used car is a ‘special interest’ car.
- In case you’re immigrating or returning to New Zealand and bringing your vehicle with you.
If you are importing a car class MB or class MC vehicle which was manufactured after 1 October 2003 it should meet a frontal impact standard. The exception in the case if you’re immigrating or returning to New Zealand and bringing your vehicle with you. If the vehicle was manufactured in Japan for the Japanese market on or after 1 October 2003. It will meet a frontal impact standard then it will accepted in New Zealand.
Evidence of compliance with fuel consumption information requirements:
You have to provide the fuel consumption compliance information, if:
- The vehicle you are importing was previously registered in Japan.
- You have an export certificate or completion inspection certificate.
- To produce the compliance information, enter the vehicle’s model code (shown circled in red).
You’ll then receive a fuel consumption certificate, which you can take to the entry certifier. If your fuel consumption certificate says consumption is ‘unknown’ it is still acceptable as compliance evidence to give to the entry certifier.
Evidence of overall standards compliance:
You need to prove your importing vehicle meets up with all applicable standards in New Zealand. That depend on the date of manufacture. One way to do this is to get a statement of compliance.
Evidence you can present:
As an alternative to a statement of compliance, you can show:
- Firstly, you can provide an export certificate issued by Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism (MLIT).
- Secondly, you can present completion inspection certificate.
Class MC vehicles entering New Zealand on or after 1 March 2016 must also be fitted with an electronic stability control (ESC) system.
Must check the certificate for a kai mark like this after the model code. This mark indicates that the vehicle has been modified and may no longer meet the required standards.
It is strongly recommended that you should check with an entry certifier for making sure that the vehicle complies with required standards.
Also, your vehicle export certificate or completion inspection certificate must contain a type designation number (TDN). If there’s no TDN mentioned on the certificate, you’ll need to get a statement of compliance or apply for a TDN exemption through the entry certifier.