Includes import documentation and other requirements for both the U.S. exporter and foreign importer.
Last Published: 7/23/2018

Documentation requirements are straightforward  for the import and export of goods into New Zealand.  The New Zealand Customs Service website outlines the requirements expected by the importer, or Customs House Broker acting for the importer.  Import declarations must be made electronically.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) requires that exporters' declarations include a statement that any wooden or plywood packing case, crates, wooden containers, or cargo pallets destined for New Zealand have been inspected before shipment.  These goods must be free from bark and visible signs of insect and fungal infestation.  This declaration must accompany all bills of lading and other shipping documents.  

Fruits, plants, and seeds must be accompanied by certificates from the appropriate authorities in the country of origin to the effect that the items have been examined and found to be free of disease.  In the United States, the U.S. Department of Agriculture issues these certificates.  The certificates should be forwarded to the consignee in New Zealand and accompany the consignment.  The Ministry of Agriculture may inspect the shipment on arrival and, if signs of insect infestation are present, order the consignment to be either fumigated or denied entry.


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