IKEA in Auckland!
Well, in our kitchen anyway…
Just an update. Everything arrived intact, including all the glass doors. We had a wooden box made ( http://www.crating.com.au/ ) which was worth the extra money going by the state of the box after it was delivered. The company was very well organised and helpful, and they take credit cards so everything can be organised ‘remotely’.
We have brought over a Bravad Kitchen, additional kitchen cupboards, lighting (some cool LED ones) a couple of tables and chairs, and a Lonen Bathroom. ( http://www.ikea.com/ms/en_AU/complete_kitchen_guide/get_inspired/index.html ) I have assembled most of the kitchen and can confirm that it is very well made – it has been manufactured in Denmark and Sweden and everything fits together perfectly and it well constructed. Better design than some of the standard flat pack kitchens available locally.
There is a 7% import tax plus GST that you will need to be aware of, and I couldn’t find any way of getting the Australian GST refunded easily, but despite that it was still cheaper and better looking that anything similar locally.
We were lucky in that we had a warehouse to send everything to before the crate was built around it. The process would be to talk to a freight forwarder first (we used http://www.mgl.net.nz/ ) as you may need to get the goods delivered to a warehouse, possibly the crate making company, then get them crated and sent to the freight forwarder to arrange the shipment. It sounds more complicated than it is but you were bringing in a couple of tables it wouldn’t be worth the effort. We brought over 1200kg of kitchen, bathroom and general furniture – which took up two standard pallets.
Everything comes carefully packed from IKEA and I guess it’s had to come right the way around the world so it needs to be packed well. You’ll still need a crate and insurance.
If you’re committed and are doing some serious house renovations and want something different looking for your kitchen and bathroom etc, then I recommend this. Any questions? post a comment and I’ll help where I can.