Coronavirus and the effects on trade

Officials from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) are carefully monitoring how the novel coronavirus is affecting New Zealand primary industries and businesses.


Trade impacts from coronavirus – 5 February 2020

No additional sanitary or phytosanitary requirements are required by the government on market access for primary sector products exports and imports due to novel coronavirus. Existing regulatory conditions are not affected. MPI has received confirmation from food safety, customs, and animal and plant quarantine officials in China that there are no changes to their customs and import clearance procedures.

MPI is aware of reports that some primary industries and businesses have already seen a fall in demand for their products. They may also have been affected by delays at the border or ports due to domestic travel restrictions within China.

International flight cancellations by some airlines may also affect airfreight shipments of certain perishable goods from New Zealand to China.

MPI is working closely with the primary industries and businesses to provide the latest information.

Find out more

Latest information on exporting to China, including contact details to get help with your export queries, are on New Zealand Trade and Enterprise's (NZTE's) website.

MPI's Exporter Regulatory Advice Service is also available to help if you export primary industry products.

Information on exporting – NZTE

Contact information for MPI's Exporter Regulatory Advice Service

Support for rock lobster industry

The government has agreed to an interim solution to support the rock lobster industry and minimise losses from trade disruptions caused by the coronavirus in China.

Government media release about the support for the rock lobster industry (5 February 2020) – Beehive

MPI information for rock lobster fishers affected by the trade disruptions caused by coronavirus

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