Free Sale Certificates and Free Sale Statements

If you are exporting food products manufactured in New Zealand, you may need a Free Sale Certificate (FSC) or a Free Sale Statement (FSS).


About food export certificates

If you are exporting food products manufactured in New Zealand, you may need an FSC or an FSS to facilitate trade to some overseas markets.

If the food products contain significant animal product ingredients (such as meat, dairy or honey) you may need other certification. Check the Overseas Market Access Requirements (OMAR) for the relevant country to find out what you need.

Free Sale Certificates

An FSC is issued for food manufactured in New Zealand. It helps with clearance of your consignment in foreign markets that require a statement about the food's safety and suitability. If you are exporting food or food-related products, the importer in the destination country can tell you if you need an FSC.

Free Sale Statements

An FSS is issued for food manufactured in New Zealand. It helps with a food product's registration in a foreign market before its first entry.

An FSS can be issued for products that are exempt under clause 17 of the Animal Products (Exemption and Inclusions) Order 2000 (such as multi-ingredient foods that don't require official assurances).

Register if you are a new client

If you are applying for an FSC or an FSS for the first time, you must register as a client with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI). Complete the CERT1 form and email it to the address on the registration form. You can email it together with your FSS or FSC application.

How to apply for an FSC

For food exports (other than grape wine)

Apply for an FSC for food exports (including fruit wine, cider, mead and processed food) using the CERT2 form. To help us prepare your certificate quickly and accurately, type all information and email the completed form as a Word document. Hand-written or scanned applications may take longer to process.

Get a manufacturer's declaration

You'll also need to get the manufacturer(s) to complete a declaration form confirming that the product meets all applicable standards for food safety and suitability. Ask the manufacturer(s) to complete a CERT3 form.  Ask them to type all information and email the completed form to you as a Word document.

For grape wine exports

Check if the destination market requires an FSC for grape wine.

Apply for an FSC through Wine E-Cert. For information on accessing Wine E-Cert, read step 2 of our steps to exporting New Zealand grape wine.

How to apply for an FSS

For food exports (other than grape wine)

Apply for an FSS for food exports (including fruit wine, cider, mead, and processed food) using the CERT4 form. To help us prepare your certificate quickly and accurately, type all information and email the completed form as a Word document. Hand-written or scanned applications may take longer to process. 

For grape wine exports

Apply for an FSS through Wine E-Cert.

For information on accessing Wine E-Cert, read step 2 of our steps to exporting New Zealand grape wine.

Who to contact

If you have questions about Free Sale Certificates of Free Sale Statements, email
FreeSalesApplications@mpi.govt.nz

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