Legal duties of wine exporters
All wine exporters need to know their duties under the Wine Act 2003.
Duties of exporters: Wine Act 2003 (section 40) – NZ Legislation
Follow the steps
There are 5 steps to exporting wine. It is the exporter's responsibility to ensure all requirements have been met before the wine is exported.
If you are new to exporting, find out more about it in a beginner’s guide to exporting from NZ
1. Meet New Zealand requirements
Before it can be exported, any grape wine made in New Zealand must meet the New Zealand export requirements.
2. Check destination market requirements
Some countries have special requirements for labelling and documentation for wine exported from New Zealand.
Check destination market requirements
3. Register for Wine e-Cert
Wine companies need access to Wine e-Cert to apply for approval to export New Zealand grape wine.
4. Apply for batch approval
You will need to get export eligibility approval for every batch of wine you export.
5. Apply for consignment approval
Apply for approval for the consignment of wine. Only approved batches can be included in your consignment.
Apply for consignment approval
Wine export non-compliance
If your wine export is stopped at the border or no longer meets export requirements, you must tell the Ministry for Primary Industries within 24 hours of finding out about the problem and let us know what action has been taken.
Find out about wine export non-compliance
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Previous announcements are below:
Consignment Requests and Duties of Exporters 21/11/2022
Verification requirements for GB OMAR 15/06/2022
Certification requirements for Great Britain 30/05/2022
Guidance for Exporters to Brazil 1/11/2021
New Zealand Grape Wine Export Requirements Guidance 18/10/2021
Who to contact
For who to contact if you have a specific export wine question refer to the Exporting New Zealand Grape Wine – Quick contact card.
Exporting New Zealand Grape Wine – Quick contact card [PDF, 272 KB]