Introduction to food safety requirements for wharf operators

If you handle food products at a wharf (including an airline holding facility) there are food safety requirements you need to meet. These depend on the product, where it's going to be sold, and what you're doing with it.

Wharf operator requirements

If you're a wharf operator, the food safety requirements you need to meet depend on whether you handle:

  • animal products for export
  • food for the domestic market.

Animal products for export

If you handle animal products intended for human or animal consumption and export with an official assurance (export certificate), you must operate under either:

  • a risk management programme (RMP), or
  • a wharf regulated control scheme (RCS).

Find out more about handling animal products for export at wharves

Food for the domestic market

If you handle food or food-related products that will be consumed in New Zealand, there are requirements under the Food Act that you will need to meet. Our "My Food Rules" tool can help you find out which requirements apply to you.

Find out more about food safety rules using our "My Food Rules" tool

Find out more

Transport, stores & wharves roadmap [PDF, 969 KB]

Documents, guidance, and registers for wharf operators

Who to contact

If you have questions about food safety for wharf operators, email

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