Registering as an exporter

Exporters of some products are required to register with MPI. Find out if you need to register, how to apply, and the obligations of registered exporters.


Registration requirements

Registration with MPI is required for anyone who exports:

Exporters who don't need to register

Some exporters don't need to register, but are still required to meet other export or destination country requirements. You don't need to register if you're exporting:

  • non-animal-product food products (unless produced under the Official Organics Assurance Programme - OOAP)
  • wine made from New Zealand grapes
  • plant products
  • organic products that are not produced under the OOAP
  • owners exporting their own animals for non-commercial reasons, like pet cat and dog owners.

Registration process

To register as an exporter you need to:

  • complete and submit the relevant registration form for your type of product – see the following online forms
  • if submitting by post, send the form to MPI at the address indicated on the form
  • pay a registration fee – this is specific to the type of product and noted on the online and paper forms.

Some exporters may need to submit information confirming they are operating under a programme or plan which verifies they are complying with export requirements.

To register as an exporter of live animals and animal products

Commercial exporters of animal products, live animals/livestock, live bees, animal germplasm (semen and embryos), dairy products, and foods containing animal products must be registered under the Animal Products Act. These applications are assessed according to requirements set out in section 54 of the Animal Products Act. An annual exporter fee is payable.

To register as an exporter of organic products

If you want to export organic products under the Official Organic Assurance Programme (OOAP), you must register as an organics exporter.

If you export organic animal products, then you need to register first as an exporter of animal products. If you export organic fruit wine, vegetable wine, cider, mead or organic wine made from non-New Zealand grapes, you need to register first as a wine exporter.

To register as an exporter of wine and wine products

If you export fruit wine, vegetable wine, cider, mead or wine made from non-New Zealand grapes, then you need to register as an exporter. If you export wine made from New Zealand grapes, you do not need to register as an exporter.

Registered exporters list

When your application has been processed and approved by MPI, you will be added to a list of registered exporters that is maintained by MPI and available to the public:

Registered exporters have duties to perform

Registered exporters have certain duties under the various Acts. When you register as an exporter you receive a letter from MPI, which outlines the specific duties for the products you export – animal products, dairy, wine or organic products.

The duties include:

  • ensuring your products meet relevant New Zealand standards
  • complying with relevant export eligibility requirements
  • reporting to MPI if they are no longer fit for intended purpose or are refused entry by a destination country
  • keeping appropriate records.
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