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Food Importing

New Zealand has strict controls on what's imported into the country, to protect our environment, flora, fauna, and human health. MPI must be satisfied that imported goods, animals, plant products, or food don't harbour unwanted organisms before biosecurity clearance is given.

Pests and diseases can impact human health and also damage agriculture or horticultural production, forestry, and tourism. They can also affect New Zealand's trade in international markets. MPI has extensive controls in place to protect New Zealand from biosecurity risks across a wide range of products and commodities, including:

  • plants and plant products, including timber
  • animal products and animals, including pets
  • biological products and organisms
  • food
  • vessels and aircraft containers and cargo.
  • MPI also places restrictions on where aircraft and seacraft can arrive in New Zealand to make sure proper inspections can take place of the craft, passengers, and cargo.

The importing process

Before you start importing, you need to make sure you're allowed to import the particular product, animal, or item, If the product is allowed into the country, you'll also have to satisfy MPI that it meets our import regulations and rules and does not pose a biosecurity risk. If it's a food product, MPI will also want to make sure it meets food safety and labelling requirements.

Follow import health standards

Contact us here at JWC and we can help guide you through the whole process.

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