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.
Find out more about export clearance procedures on the NZ Customs website
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.