Bringing equipment, clothing, and wooden items to NZ



Equipment and clothing

Examples: Used equipment, new equipment, socks, shoes, tent, horse riding gear, camping gear, scuba gear, fishing gear, bicycle, luggage cases
Allowed if: It does not contain bugs, seeds, soil, diseases or other plant or animal material.
Extra tips:
  • Clean and dry your items.
  • Double-check your socks inside and out. Seeds can be easily hiding inside.
  • Do not bring equipment that has been used within the beekeeping industry, like a smoker or bee suit.
Weight limit: None
Declare the item? Yes
Inspection required? Yes
Clearance guaranteed?

No

Check our legal disclaimer to find out why we can't guarantee clearance 

 

Barbeques (BBQ)

Allowed if: It does not contain bugs, seeds, soil, diseases or other plant or animal material.
Extra tips:

Clean and dry your BBQ thoroughly to remove dirt, grease, and charcoal.

Weight limit: None
Declare the item? Yes
Inspection required? Yes
Clearance guaranteed?

No

Check our legal disclaimer to find out why we can't guarantee clearance 

 

Wooden items

Examples:

Chopping board, wood rosary, carving, musical instruments (including guitars), MDF, particle board, plywood, picture frames, processed bamboo, processed cane, processed willow, processed rattan, non-treated wood.

Download more examples of low-risk manufactured wooden products [PDF, 201 KB]

Allowed if: It does not contain bugs, seeds, soil, disease, willow, cane, bamboo, rattan, bark or other plant or animal material.
Extra tips: Some wooden items can contain animal hide. It must be prepared so that the hide is no longer fresh. 

Some wooden items are protected under a Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), like rosewood. They may require CITES documentation to be imported or may be prohibited.

CITES – Department of Conservation
Weight limit: None
Declare the item? Yes
Inspection required? Yes
Clearance guaranteed?

No

Check our legal disclaimer to find out why we can't guarantee clearance 

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Update – 19 July 2021

Proposed new import health standard (IHS) for personal consignments of products for human consumption and personal effects

From 19 July 2021 to 31 August 2021, MPI would like your feedback on the proposed new IHS for personal consignments of products for human consumption and personal effects.

The new requirements will consolidate existing standards and state on-arrival procedures. It will also clarify for passengers what and how much food products they can bring to New Zealand.

Find out more about the consultation

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