Transitional and containment facilities

Goods, sea containers and air containers arriving in New Zealand must first go to a facility approved by MPI. Transitional, containment and quarantine facilities have different roles and must meet certain requirements to operate.

Your step-by-step guide to getting a container facility approved.
Your guide to getting a transitional or containment facility approved


After 23 November 2018, applications for new and existing transitional and containment facilities and facility operators will take longer than the normal 6 weeks to process. This is because of Christmas and New Year holidays. Services will return to normal on 21 January 2019.

Note: If you have containers arriving between 23 November 2018 and 21 January 2019, we recommend you make alternative arrangements.

Who to contact

If you need to contact MPI about transitional and containment facilities, email

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