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.

How exporting works

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.

Food Act 2014 – NZ Legislation

Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code

Animal Products Act 1999 – NZ Legislation

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”).

Animal product notices

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).

Export clearance procedures – Customs

Export and Trade Handbook

Meeting market requirements

There may be additional importing country requirements for:

  • food products
  • wine
  • animal products
  • live animals
  • germplasm
  • 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.

Animal products OMARs

Live animal and germplasm OMARs

Plant products ICPRs

Forestry ICPRs

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