About non-registration holds of food consignments
All consignments of food for sale entering New Zealand are checked to make sure the importer is a registered food importer.
Consignments of food imported by unregistered food importers are held at the border until a valid registration is obtained.
This affects products imported under tariffs in Chapters 2 to 5, 7 to 13, and 15 to 22, and codes 0602.90.00.01G and 1404.90.00.39C of the Working Tariff Document, where the intended use declaration shows it is for sale as human food.
Consignments being held by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) must not be sold or released to the market. Failure to hold is an offence under the Food Act 2014 and carries significant penalties.
To release a consignment held for non-registration, you will need to determine why it has been put on hold, and then complete actions to resolve the problems.