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.

Find out about the requirements for manufacturing infant formula

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).

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 approvals@mpi.govt.nz

If you're a registered exporter and have questions about exporting dairy, infant formula, or milk powder, email dairy.certification@mpi.govt.nz

You can also freephone MPI at 0800 00 83 33.

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