Importing and exporting for manufacturers

If you import ingredients to be used in the manufacture of your food or beverages, or if you are manufacturing for export, there are requirements you need to meet.


Using imported food

If you import ingredients or anything that is intended to be added to food as part of your manufacturing process, you need to be aware of what is required.

Food imported into New Zealand for further processing or repacking is subject to the same requirements as imported food for sale. This means it must comply with the Food Act 2014 and any relevant regulations and food standards made under that Act. This includes labelling and composition requirements of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code ("the Code"). It is the importer’s responsibility to ensure that all legal requirements are met.

Find out how to meet the requirements for importing food:

Applying Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP)

When you apply the principles of HACCP within your food operation, you assess imported ingredients or additives the same way as any other input into your process. 

Manufacturing food or beverages for export

If you export the food or beverages you produce, you need to be aware of what is required to prepare them for destination markets.

All food or beverages exported from New Zealand must, in general

  • meet New Zealand standards
  • comply with any additional requirements set by destination countries or markets, where they are known.

The particular requirements you need to comply with may differ depending on the product you export and the destination country. For example, if you are manufacturing and exporting animal products, you may be required to operate under a Risk Management Programme (RMP).

Exporting – the basics

Find out about the requirements for exporting food products, along with further information about registration, plans and programmes, and getting official assurances (export certificates):

Many food sectors have specific requirements that apply to the export of their products. For information about meeting those requirements, refer to the food sector for your food or beverage:

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