Exporting indigenous timber & timber products

The Forests Act 1993 places restrictions on the types of timber and timber products that may be exported, and under what circumstances. Find out more about exporting indigenous timber.

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, belongs to an approved category, and meets certain requirements
  • classified as a 'finished and manufactured' timber product
  • a personal effect.

Exporting indigenous timber in contravention of the Forests Act is a serious offence. Penalties include fines of up to $200,000 on conviction.

Clearance numbers needed from 1 August

From 1 August 2017, exporters of indigenous timber will need to have a single use clearance (or permit) number to clear their export entries through the Customs' system. The non-transferable permit number will be provided by MPI on the completed approved Intention to export (ITE) form. There is no change to the requirements which exporters must meet to get the required approval to export. This process change will facilitate the clearance of appropriately approved, lawful exports.

Exporting approved timber or timber products

If your export is covered under one of these categories, you may begin the export process.

Ensure you complete any additional documentation required as specified in the categories above.

Who to contact

If you have questions about the information on this page, email indigenous.forestry@mpi.govt.nz

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