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.
Find out about the requirements for manufacturing infant formula
Exporting infant formula to China
Requirements for exporting infant formula to China are detailed in the China OMAR (overseas market access requirements) and the OMAR notification – 22/6 Cross-border E-commerce: Requirements for Specified Markets.
Search OMARs by country/market: animal products, wine, and organics
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.
Taking infant formula from NZ overseas
Sending or posting infant formula from NZ
Who to contact
If you have questions about how to register as an exporter, email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you're a registered exporter and have questions about exporting dairy, infant formula, or milk powder, email email@example.com
You can also freephone MPI at 0800 00 83 33.