5. Apply for consignment approval of wine exports

Step 5 to exporting wine from New Zealand is to get approval from MPI to export your consignment of wine. Find out what to do.

Have you completed step 4?

Each batch of wine you want to export needs export eligibility approval. We explain how to do that in step 4.

4. Apply for wine export eligibility – batch approval

Submit a consignment request

Once you have your batch approval, submit your consignment request in Wine E-Cert.

Log in to Wine E-Cert

Getting your export eligibility statement

When we approve your request, an export eligibility statement will be emailed to your freight forwarder as they require this information to complete the NZ Customs Export Entry. A copy is also available for you to download from Wine E-Cert.

The export eligibility statement:

  • lists each batch of wine in the consignment
  • contains a unique permit number to enable wine to clear New Zealand Customs.

Without this statement, Customs will not clear your consignment for export.

If you're exporting someone else's wine, they'll need to apply for an export eligibility statement on your behalf.

Getting official assurance

If you are exporting to a country that requires an official assurance certificate, this will automatically be generated as part of your consignment approval request. A printed copy of this document will be sent to your freight forwarder.

If the documentation is needed urgently, you will need to arrange your own courier to transport it from MPI to your freight forwarder. Arrange this in advance by emailing wine.certification@mpi.govt.nz

Additional documentation like Free Sale Certificate (within the consignment) and Free Sale Advice Statement, must be requested separately.

A guide – Creating a consignment request and obtaining export documentation – is available in Wine E-Cert if you want more information.

If you have not received expected documentation, email wine.certification@mpi.govt.nz

Other steps to exporting wine

Find out what else you have to do to export wine

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