Steps to exporting dairy products

The steps you need to follow to export dairy products from New Zealand.

Follow the steps

There are 5 steps to exporting dairy products. It is the exporter's responsibility to ensure all requirements have been met before the product is exported.

1. Meet New Zealand requirements

Find out about New Zealand standards and requirements for exporting dairy products.

2. Check destination requirements

Check if there's export access to your preferred market, and what the rules are to export there. Some markets have much higher compliance requirements and costs.

3. Register as an exporter

To export dairy products from New Zealand, you need to register as an exporter with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) or use the services of a registered exporter.

4. Register for E-cert

Find out how to apply for access to Animal Products E-cert to track export production and apply for official assurance.

5. Apply for an export certificate

Not all markets require an export certificate or official assurance – if you need it you'll apply through E-cert.

Other requirements

You may also have to meet other requirements, including those set by government agencies like the New Zealand Customs Service.

Export clearance procedures – New Zealand Customs Service

Storage and transport requirements

Export non-conformance

If your export products are stopped at the border or no longer meet export requirements, you must tell MPI within 24 hours.

Find out more about export non-conformances

Who to contact

If you have questions about exporting, email

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