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.

Scott Stowers

Import Operations & Customs Broker

Scott handles the Import Operations, he 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. Scott is also a qualified Customs Broker giving him background knowledge in the industry.

Shaun Smith

Export Operations & Customs Broker

Shaun is 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.

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

Import Operations & Customs Broker

Amy has made the move back to the Dean Freight team after a 4 year absence. Amy has over 10 years experience in the import / export field and is also a registered Customs Broker.  Amy’s role will be organising the import operations and order follow-ups on a day to day basis.