Brexit and what it means for New Zealand’s primary industries

The United Kingdom left the European Union on 31 January 2020. Find out what it may mean for New Zealand's primary industries.

The Brexit process

The United Kingdom (UK) left the European Union (EU) on 31 January 2020 (Brexit day) and entered a transition period.

During the transition period, the UK will remain subject to the rights and obligations it has as an EU member state. The UK will remain in the EU single market, and UK-EU trading arrangements will be subject to EU rules and regulations.

The transition period is scheduled to end on 31 December 2020.

The relationship between the UK and the EU after the transition period will depend on the outcomes of their negotiations during 2020.

What does it mean for primary industry exporters?

Until 31 December 2020, trading conditions between New Zealand and the UK will remain unchanged. There will be no change in import processes or tariffs at the UK border. The UK will still use existing EU health marks and organic designations. It will continue to be bound by existing EU trade agreements with third countries.

Trading conditions from 1 January 2021 will depend on the outcomes of the negotiations between the UK and the EU during 2020.

What is MPI doing in response to Brexit?

MPI is monitoring the Brexit process and is working to minimise disruption to New Zealand's primary sector exporters.

Preparations have included replicating the current EU sanitary and phytosanitary arrangements with the UK. This ensures these regulations won't suddenly change for exporters if EU legislation no longer applies to the UK.

MPI continues to work closely with New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE), the New Zealand Customs Service (Customs), and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) to ensure there is a coordinated approach to communicating to and engaging with New Zealand exporters on Brexit.

Get help exporting

The MPI Exporter Regulatory Advice Service (ERAS) supports New Zealand primary industry exporters by making it easier to understand exporting requirements. ERAS can assist with any Brexit-related export enquiries.

Exporter Regulatory Advice Service (ERAS)

Further advice

F4/20 Exporting plants, plant products, wine and organic products to the UK after Brexit on 31 January 2020 [PDF, 74 KB]

F3/20 Exporting animal products to the UK after Brexit on 31 January 2020

Additional Government updates on Brexit and how it could affect New Zealand are also available on the following websites:

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