Exporting indigenous timber & timber products

The Forests Act 1993 places restrictions on the types of timber and timber products that may be exported, and under what circumstances. Find out more about exporting indigenous timber.

Exports subject to strict rules

Export of indigenous timber and timber products is largely prohibited.

Export is permitted in limited circumstances – when the timber is:

  • unfinished, belongs to an approved category, and meets certain requirements
  • classified as a 'finished and manufactured' timber product
  • a personal effect.

Exporting indigenous timber in contravention of the Forests Act is a serious offence. Penalties include fines of up to $200,000 on conviction.

Exporting approved timber or timber products

If your export is covered under one of these categories, you may begin the export process.

Ensure you complete any additional documentation required as specified in the categories above.

Who to contact

If you have questions about the information on this page, email indigenous.forestry@mpi.govt.nz

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