Exporting infant formula or milk powder
Find out about the requirements you need to meet if you want to export infant formula or milk powder.
Infant formula and milk powder exports covered by laws
Infant formula and milk powder are covered by the Animal Products Act 1999 because they are dairy products. The Act also applies to online sales of infant formula and milk powder.
The purpose of the Act is to ensure that anyone involved in the production, processing, distribution, and sale of animal products – including infant formula – understands their responsibility to make sure the product is fit for its intended purpose.
Requirements for infant formula manufacturers
If you manufacture infant formula products, you need to meet extra requirements under the Animal Products Act 1999.
Exporting infant formula to China
If you manufacture infant formula and want to export it to China (or if it will be exported to China by another exporter), you must be registered with the Chinese General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ).
Those requirements are detailed in the China OMAR (overseas market access requirements).
Preventing unlawful exports
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and the New Zealand Customs Service have taken action to stop unlawful exports of infant formula from New Zealand to China, and other markets. This action is about enforcing the law – no laws have been changed.
There's no need for alternative export pathways, as New Zealand’s legal exports are readily available in China and other markets. It's vital that anyone who exports infant formula complies with the law, or stops trading.
Taking or sending infant formula overseas for personal use
Only registered exporters can send (for example, by post or courier) infant formula out of New Zealand, even if it’s a gift or for personal use. However, if you are travelling overseas, you can take infant formula in your checked luggage or carry-on bags but it must be for your own use or a gift – it can't be sold.
Who to contact
If you have questions about how to register as an exporter, email email@example.com
If you're a registered exporter and have questions about exporting dairy, infant formula, or milk powder, email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also freephone MPI at 0800 00 83 33.