Steps to exporting fertilisers

Exporters of fertilisers must meet the requirements of their destination country. We've created a step-by-step process so you can see what's involved.

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What you need to know

An overview of exporting fertilisers from start to finish.

What fertilisers include

Fertiliser products are used to sustain or increase the growth, productivity, or quality of plants. Products can include:

  • nutrients, such as selenium
  • soil additives, such as lime
  • soil conditioners.

Fertilisers can be made from:

  • animal materials, such as blood and bone, or fish meal
  • plant materials, such as plant compost, or plant oil
  • minerals and chemicals, such as superphosphate, dolomite, urea, ammonia, sulphur, or mineral salts.

To export fertilisers successfully you need to know about:

  • the regulation requirements of the destination country
  • the ingredients in your product
  • manufacturing, packaging or repackaging, and labelling requirements of the destination country
  • keeping the right records
  • fees and charges.

You may have to meet other requirements as well. These requirements might be commercial, or set by other government agencies like the New Zealand Customs Service.

Manufacturing fertilisers for export?

If you're manufacturing fertilisers for export, you also need to meet the manufacturing requirements of the destination country.

What you need to do

The tasks you need to complete.

Check the regulatory requirements of your destination country

Destination countries have their own regulations for imported fertilisers. You can find out the regulatory requirements either from your import agent or by contacting MPI's equivalent regulatory authority in your destination country. You may be asked to supply a list of ingredients.

Getting your export documentation

How you know you've met MPI requirements.

If you requested documentation from MPI, then a paper copy signed by MPI will be posted to you.

Before you send your export product, check that you've met the importing requirements of your destination country, returned all of the correct documentation and paid any fees.

When to alert MPI

As an exporter you're responsible for telling MPI within 24 hours if your fertilisers for export:

  • become unfit for their intended purpose
  • don't have the required export documents – for example, they have been removed or lost.

Who to contact

If you have any questions, email

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