Exports subject to strict rules
Export of indigenous timber and timber products is largely prohibited.
Export is permitted in limited circumstances – when the timber is:
- unfinished, provided it meets certain requirements in the Act
- classified as a 'finished and manufactured' timber product
- a personal effect.
Exporting indigenous timber in contravention of the Forests Amendment Act is a serious offence. Penalties include fines of up to $200,000 on conviction.
Supreme Court decision relating to exports
On 9 November 2018, the Supreme Court of New Zealand released a judgment that included interpretation of what a finished or manufactured indigenous timber product is (under section 2(1) of the Forests Act 1949) relating to exports (under section 67C(1)(b)).
This may affect some swamp kauri exports and other exports of indigenous products. It does not change the requirements for exporting personal effects or salvaged stump or root timber.
We have reviewed and updated existing documents:
- Notice of intention to export indigenous timber (ITE1) [PDF, 343 KB]
- Notice of intention to export swamp kauri (ITE2) [PDF, 340 KB]
- 2019 Good Practice Guide Swamp Kauri - short version [PDF, 2.8 MB]
- 2019 Good Practice Guide for the Swamp Kauri Industry [PDF, 9.6 MB]
- 2019 swamp kauri extraction fact sheet [PDF, 527 KB]