Transporting and wharves

If you are a transport or wharf facility operator, the food safety requirements you need to meet depend on whether you handle animal products for export, or food for the domestic market.

Requirements depend on product and its destination

If you are a transport or wharf facility operator, the food safety requirements that you need to meet depend on whether you transport or handle:

Animal products for export

Transport operators

If you transport animal products intended for human or animal consumption and export with an official assurance (export certificate), you must operate under either a:

  • Risk Management Programme (RMP)
  • Transport Regulated Control Scheme (RCS).

Wharf operators

If you handle animal products intended for human or animal consumption and export with an official assurance, you must operate under either a:

  • Risk Management Programme (RMP)
  • Wharf Regulated Control Scheme (RCS).

Food for the domestic market

Transport operators

If you transport food or food-related products for consumption in New Zealand, then you need to comply with either the:

Wharf operators

If you handle food or food-related products for consumption in New Zealand, then you need to comply with requirements under the Food Act 2014. 

Operating under the Food Act

The Food Act 2014 came into force on 1 March 2016. The Food Act applies to all new food businesses that started from that date.

Existing businesses (registered under the Food Act 1981 or Food Hygiene Regulations 1974 before 29 February 2016) are making the transition between 2016 and 2019. Find out when your type of business has to start operating under the new Food Act.

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