Taking food or animal products overseas
Taking food out of New Zealand when you leave is different from sending it overseas. There are some things that you cannot send overseas but you can take them with you.
Aside from a small number of restricted products, you can take any food or animal products with you for personal use when you leave New Zealand. This includes carrying food or animal products in your checked or hand luggage.
For international flights, there may be additional restrictions on the amount of food in the form of powders, liquids, aerosols, and gels you are allowed in hand luggage. Duty free goods purchased after security screening are not subject to these restrictions.
Powders, liquids, aerosols, and gels in carry-on bags – Civil Aviation Authority
Some countries have quarantine or food safety requirements that stop you from bringing in foods or animal products. Countries can also limit the amount of some products you can bring in.
To find out more
To find out what food you can or can’t take to another country you should:
- visit their appropriate government agency website, or
- contact the destination country’s embassy or representative in New Zealand.
Australia: Bringing or mailing goods to Australia
USA: Bringing food into the US
United Kingdom: Bringing food, animals or plants into the UK
European Union: What can you take with you?
Foreign representatives to New Zealand: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Taking infant formula overseas
You can take infant formula out of New Zealand in your checked or hand luggage.
Taking infant formula overseas for personal use
Taking honey overseas
You can take honey out of New Zealand in your checked or hand luggage. Honey may be subject to greater restrictions if it is not in a commercially packed, unopened container.
Taking home a trophy or hide
You can take home an animal trophy or hide that you acquired in New Zealand.
Taking home your trophy or hide from New Zealand
There are some products and items that can’t leave New Zealand or you need a permit to take overseas. This applies to many types of coral that you might pick up on a beach, for example.
Visit the New Zealand Customs website for more details.
Prohibited and restricted exports – NZ Customs Services
Taking food through airport security
Refer to your airline and departure airport policies for carry-on and airport security restrictions.
Quarantine officials in your destination country will enforce any quarantine or food safety requirements. They will also enforce any limits on the quantity of certain products you can bring in.
Taking food to the Pacific Islands
When taking food, particularly cooked foods, to the Pacific Islands, you need to make sure the food stays safe to eat.
Learn more about food safety when taking food to the Pacific Islands
Always declare any food, animal, or plant products on the appropriate arrival documentation.
Who to contact
If you have questions about taking food overseas, email email@example.com
Exporting food for business or commercial reasons (including e-commerce)
Taking trade samples overseas for business or commercial reasons
Sending food or animal products overseas
Remember, the information on this web page is about taking food with you overseas. The rules are different if you are sending food, for example by post or courier. If you want to send food or animal products (including infant formula or honey) overseas by post, courier, or freight by ship or air there are strict requirements you need to meet.
Sending food or animal products overseas for personal use or as a gift