Free sale certificates (FSCs) and free sale statements (FSS)

If you export food products manufactured in New Zealand, you may need a Free Sale Certificate (FSC) or a Free Sale Statement (FSS). Some dairy products also require product registration certificates.

To apply for a FSC or FSS for grape wine, refer to Wine export requirements.

To apply for a FSC or FSS for processed food, fruit wine, cider or mead, use the appropriate forms below.

If you are exporting a food product to China, you need to be aware of new requirements proposed for 1 October 2017. Refer F14/17: China: Food Certification Requirements

To apply for a dairy product registration certificate, or a dairy premises registration certificate, log into AP E-cert and select the appropriate export certificate template. Refer to OMAR Notification 17/001 Registration Documents: Specified Countries

Note that Thailand has special and additional requirements for food product registration. Refer to the Thailand OMAR and CERT9 Application for MPI Certificate for Food Products to Thailand

Free sale certificates

FSCs are consignment-based documents provided to facilitate trade in markets that require a statement about the safety and suitability of the food and food-related products you are exporting. The importer in the destination country can tell you if an FSC is required.

Applying for an FSC

You can apply to MPI for an FSC using the form below. Type all information and email the completed form as a Word document so that MPI can prepare your certificate quickly and accurately.

CERT2 Application for a Free Sale Certificate

Before MPI can issue an FSC, the manufacturer needs to provide a declaration confirming that the product meet all applicable standards for food safety and suitability by completing a Manufacturers Declaration. Ask the manufacturer(s) to type all information and email the completed form to you as a Word document.  Hand-written or scanned applications will take longer to process.

CERT3 Manufacturer's Declaration to Support Free Sale Certification

Free sale statements

If a destination market requires food products to be registered, you can apply for an FSS to facilitate trade in that market. FSSs exclude wine and animal products not exempt under clause 17 of the Animal Products (Exemption and Inclusions) Order 2000.

New Zealand Legislation: Animal Products (Exemptions and Inclusions) Order 2000 (External website)

Applying for an FSS

You can apply to MPI for an FSS using the CERT4 form. Type all information and email the completed form as a Word document so that MPI can prepare your certificate quickly and accurately. Hand-written or scanned applications will take longer to process.

CERT4 Free Sale Statement Application

New Client Registration

If this is the first time you are applying for an FSC or an FSS then you must also register with MPI's Auckland Certification Office. Complete theCERT1 form and email it to the Auckland Certification Office. You can email it together with your application.

CERT1 Certification Office New Client Registration