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Exporting timber and wood products

New Zealand forestry exports are worth more than $4 billion a year. The amount of wood harvested is expected to grow from 29 million cubic metres to 32 million cubic metres by 2020. MPI's role is to help log, timber, and other wood exporters meet the requirements of overseas markets.

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New Zealand operates in a regulatory framework that ensures a low risk of illegal logging within New Zealand forests. This regulatory framework is supported by a robust legislative regime, a low level of corruption, and a highly professional forestry industry.

Responsibilities of wood exporters

When exporting products from New Zealand you are responsible for:

  • complying with relevant export eligibility requirements if using indigenous timber
  • meeting the importing country's requirements
  • reporting to MPI if your MPI-certified product is refused entry by a destination country
  • keeping appropriate records.

 Fees and charges may apply.

Who to contact

MPI uses approved Independent Verification Agencies (IVAs) to verify certificate information for export wood. If you have questions about exporting logs, timber or other wood products, contact an IVA.

For other enquiries, email our plant exports team at