Importing fresh fruit and vegetables
All food and food-related products imported for personal use or sale must meet New Zealand standards and requirements. MPI's role is to help make sure imported fresh fruit, fungi, herbs, and vegetables are correctly labelled, safe to eat, and free from pests and harmful organisms.
- NZ Customs Service
- Australia NZ Food Standards Code
- Import health standard (IHS) for the importation and clearance of fresh fruit and vegetables
- Import health standard (IHS) for the importation and clearance of fresh truffles for consumption
- Guidance for importing fresh produce for consumption
- Plant imports work programme
- Subscribe to notifications
- Requesting the development of an import health standard
UPDATE – 19 March 2020
Second consultation on the new IHS format has now closed
The second consultation on the new format for import health standards for fresh fruits and vegetables for human consumption (that is, commodity import health standards) took place from 26 November 2019 to 27 February 2020. This has now closed. MPI is reviewing the submissions from this consultation, and further updates will be provided soon.
If you have questions about the consultation, email firstname.lastname@example.org
'Food' includes ingredients and anything to be mixed or added to food. No food can be sold if it is unsafe, unfit for human consumption, or contaminated. Food importers have legal obligations under the:
- Biosecurity Act 1993
- Food Act 2014 and related legislation
- Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code
- other legislation made under the Food Act.
Importers must also meet other New Zealand food standards, including the Importing Food Notice.
- Browse all legislation
- Refer to the Australia NZ Food Standards Code website
- Browse other requirements, legal notices, and standards related to importing fresh fruit and vegetables
Who to contact
If you have a question, email email@example.com