Market access information for exporters

An overview of the requirements to meet when exporting.

Key requirements for exporting

Products exported overseas must meet New Zealand standards, New Zealand general export requirements and comply with market or importing country requirements where they are known.

How exporting works

Meeting New Zealand standards

All export products must meet New Zealand standards to ensure product produced in New Zealand is safe and suitable for consumers. This includes provisions under the Food Act 2014 and the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code for food products and other key legislation where relevant, such as the Animal Products Act 1999 for animal products, including foods containing animal material.

Food Act 2014 – NZ Legislation

Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code

Animal Products Act 1999 – NZ Legislation

Meeting New Zealand general export requirements

For some export products there are specific legislative requirements for exporting New Zealand product, for example, requirements for labelling and packaging. Information on specific export requirements for animal products are provided in Animal Product Notices. 

Animal Product Notices (filter using the keyword “export”).

Meeting market requirements

Food products, wine, animal products, live animals, germplasm, and plant products exported overseas must also comply with any additional importing country requirements.

Understanding what importing country requirements need to be met often involves liaising with an overseas agent or importer to obtain advice in meeting market requirements. This may include obtaining an import permit, registering in the destination country as a New Zealand operator, or providing additional documentation where required.

Market access information and guidance for specific export products is included in OMARs, ICPRs, and other exporting web pages.

Animal products OMARs

Live animal and germplasm OMARs

Plant products ICPRs

Forestry ICPRs

Guidance on exporting to our main markets

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