1. Meet New Zealand requirements for dairy exports

Find out the New Zealand requirements for exporting dairy products. This is one step in a 5-step process.

Comply with New Zealand legislation and food standards

You need to meet all relevant food standards and regulations. Legal requirements are set out in the:

  • Animal Products Act 1999
  • Food Act 2014
  • Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code
  • dairy regulations and standards.

Links to legislation, standards, and regulations

Operate under a risk management programme (RMP)

To export dairy products (other than to Australia), they must be produced and processed under a registered and verified risk management programme (RMP). Information in the RMP will form part of your application for official assurance and you'll need to log this information in E-cert throughout the process.

Other suppliers in your export chain – for example, storage facilities, processors, and transporters – also need to operate under an RMP. RMPs help you manage hazards and ensure that your product is fit for purpose and meets legal requirements.

If at any point the dairy products are processed, transported, or stored outside of an approved RMP, you can’t get an official assurance and your products will lose their eligibility for export.

Develop and register your RMP

Transport operators must operate under either a regulated control scheme or a risk management programme.

Options for transport operators

Verify your RMP

After developing and registering your programme, you must get it verified regularly by an MPI-recognised verification agency.

Animal products recognised agencies – including dairy  [PDF, 124 KB]

When exporting products made by others

If you are exporting dairy products made by someone else, you don't need an RMP, but you have to make sure the products supplied to you have been manufactured and stored under an RMP, and transported under either an RMP or an RCS.

Exporting only to Australia?

Dairy products for Australia can be manufactured under a food control plan or RMP. Exporters also need to meet the Overseas Market Access Requirements (OMARs) for Australia.

Complete documents to ensure product traceability

When products destined for export leave the manufacturing site an eligibility declaration/document must be raised in E-cert. Your verifier or the dairy certification unit can help with these.

If you have any questions about product traceability, email either

Managing contaminants and residues

In most cases, you need to provide information for an official assurance to show how you know your products don't have contaminants and residues.

Monitoring programmes and testing of dairy products

Check if you need official devices

Dairy products must be packed and labelled to ensure they're secure and that the contents can be traced to the official assurances (export certificates) that apply to them.

Security devices help to protect the integrity of the products and have to be approved by MPI. Operator seals that meet the same standards as official MPI security seals can be used to seal containers of dairy products.

Official devices and legal requirements

Legislation and standards

Animal Products Act 1999 – NZ Legislation

Food Act 2014 – NZ Legislation

Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code – Food Standards

Information about regulations and standards under the Food Act

Browse dairy regulations and standards

Other steps to exporting dairy products

2. Check destination requirements

3. Register as an exporter

4. Register for E-Cert

5. Apply for an export certificate

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