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Live Tree Exports to the UK

We facilitate the importing and exporting of unusual or unique commodities from both a transport and operational perspective, and we can consult on compliance issues and international border regulations. Our expert team can also liaise with international local authorities to ensure smooth entry of goods.

Our Waikato based customer Tamata Holdings Ltd specialise in growing Japanese maples (Acer palmatum) to a mature age for export to the United Kingdom and Europe. This specialised export commodity generates some complex transport and compliance requirements with stringent import regulations requiring the trees arrive in excellent health being free of pest and disease.

Export containers are loaded at Tamata's Packhouse in the Waikato, where trees are packed into wooden crates that have a pallet base for loading into containers by forklift. The crates are the width of the container with an open top, which allows 7 crates to be housed inside each 40-foot container. This provides stability throughout the international voyage and keeps the trees in top condition.

New Zealand's Ministry of Primary Industry (MPI) oversees the regulatory requirements of UK government agencies such as DEFRA and FERA to monitor, inspect, test and sanction Tamata's product. The process starts 12 months prior to export and ends with the safe and timely delivery to the United Kingdom, ready for distribution throughout Europe.

"As an exporter of a "live" product, any deviation from the export plan or "hick up" along the logistics pipeline can have dire consequences. The team at 360 Logistics has consistently delivered (excuse the pun), providing a standard of service and a level of communication that enables us to confidently entrust them with our product and with our business" David Parkes - General Manager Tamata Holdings

To find out more about our specialist import and export solutions, please contact us