Containers & cargo

All containers and cargo imported into New Zealand must meet biosecurity requirements to prevent the introduction of pests and diseases. MPI can help importers meet these requirements.

Importer responsibilities

The increasing volume of trade and travel is placing extra pressure on New Zealand's biosecurity systems. New pests and diseases impact on human health, damage agriculture or horticultural production, forestry and tourism, and affect trade in international markets. Importers are among the most important people in defending against biosecurity risks.

Who to contact

If you have questions about importing containers and cargo, email

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