Who We Are

Dean Freight is wholly New Zealand owned and operated International Freight Company since its inception in the early 1980’s. We specialise in both Freight Forwarding and Customs Brokerage.  Our Company contains skilled professionals who represent both importers and exporters in the Customs Clearance and Freight Forwarding Industry.

In 2002 a new branch was established in Tauranga servicing the greater Bay of Plenty region.

Dean Freight has been carefully structured to provide our clients with a complete solution to the management of their international freight needs.  We work hard at getting the structure of your freight management system working well first, and then we address the 'systems' to get the benefits flowing through to you quickly.

The Team

Stuart Smith

Managing Director

Stuart is a licensed customs broker and has been managing Dean Freight since its inception in 1980. In 1995, he purchased the company and led its growth to become a market leader for the greater Waikato and Bay of Plenty region.

Marie Rutherford

Sales Manager

Marie has been with Dean Freight International for over nine years and is responsible for driving business sales and marketing. She manages the existing client base and is responsible for its growth.

Shaun Smith

General Manager

Shaun has moved into the General Manager Position.  He will be managing daily operations while still also being responsible for looking after all your export requirements for sea freight, air freight, and courier. He has also completed the required NZ Customs Tariff courses, enabling him to complete and sign customs entries.

Scott Stowers

Customs Broker

Scott is our head Customs Broker here are Dean Freight.  With a vast knowledge of the industry Scott will be working hard to ensure the Customs Brokerage runs smootly to ensure your goods are cleared in a timely matter

Carlee Rudd

Accounts Operations

Carlee is the Accounts personal for Dean Freight. She brings many years of accounting experience to the team and will be happy to assist with any of your accounts queries.



Jan Thorpe

Tauranga Operations

Jan controls the imports and exports for the greater Bay of Plenty, which includes customer service, freight bookings, liaising with off shore agents, seafreight and airfreight service providers, order follow ups, transport, quotes, and invoicing.

Amy MacKenzie - Working Part Time

Export Operations & Customs Broker

Amy has over 10 years experience in the import / export field and is also a registered Customs Broker.  Amy has come back on a part time basis and will be working Tuesday through Thursday, 9am till 2.30pm.  She will be providing a support role in the export operations and Customs Brokers area.

Krystyna Tamblyn

Import Operations

Krystyna is the newest member to Dean Freight. She will take all the hard work away from you by becoming the liaison between overseas agents, shipping lines, airlines and your suppliers. Providing you with information on your shipments in the air or on the water.