Market access information for exporters
Find out about the requirements you need to meet when exporting.
Key requirements for exporting
Products can only be exported if they meet:
- New Zealand standards
- New Zealand general export requirements
- market or importing country requirements.
Meeting New Zealand standards
Products can only be exported from New Zealand if they meet New Zealand's domestic standards and requirements. Products must be safe and suitable for consumers, and be able to be sold freely in New Zealand. If you couldn't sell it to New Zealanders, you can't export it.
You must comply with:
- the Food Act 2014
- the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code for food products
- other relevant legislation, such as the Animal Products Act 1999.
Meeting New Zealand general export requirements
Some New Zealand products can only be exported if you meet specific requirements. For example, there may be requirements for labelling and packaging.
Information on export requirements for animal products is provided in animal product notices (filter using the keyword “export”).
You may have to meet other requirements on top of the regulations and standards administered by MPI. These could be set by other government agencies like the New Zealand Customs Service (Customs).
Meeting market requirements
There may be additional importing country requirements for:
- food products
- animal products
- live animals
- plant products.
An overseas agent or importer should be able to give you advice on meeting requirements. This may include:
- obtaining an import permit
- registering in the destination country as a New Zealand operator
- providing additional documentation.
There may also be commercial requirements that you need to meet.
Market access information and guidance for specific export products is included in:
- overseas market access requirements (OMARs)
- importing countries phytosanitary requirements (ICPRs)
- other exporting webpages.