Check destination requirements
As an exporter of honey or bee products, you're responsible for knowing and meeting the Overseas Market Access Requirements (OMAR) for your destination country.
Some countries have much stricter and more costly requirements than others – it's worth checking the requirements before deciding where you want to export to. You can contact MPI's Exporter Regulatory Advice Service for help.
You need to apply to MPI to read the OMARs because they're password protected.
Search for your OMAR
When you have your password, you'll be able to read the OMAR for your products.
Read the OMAR for your destination country thoroughly to make sure you can comply with all the requirements.
If your export destination has an OMAR you'll likely need an 'official assurance', also known as an export certificate, before you can send your product. Official assurance is the New Zealand Government's assurance to the destination country that your product meets the standards set out in the OMAR.
Check FYIs and OMAR notifications
Other information you should read includes:
Guidance offered by FYIs can help you with exporting concerns or issues. (You may need your OMAR password to read some FYIs.)
OMAR notifications will give you the latest updates for your destination country.
Exporting to a country with no OMAR
If there is no OMAR for your export destination, work directly with your importing agent to find out about certification and any other requirements. If an import permit is required, the permit will outline the requirements.
Note that if there is no OMAR, it could mean your product is prohibited from being sent to that country.
Some destinations that don't need official assurances may instead require Free Sales Certificates (FSC), or Free Sales Advice Statements (FSAS).
If you use wood packaging
If you use wood packaging products – other than paper – for your export product, check that your wood packaging meets the phytosanitary requirements of the destination country. Most countries require you to treat your wood packaging to make sure it's free of pests and diseases.