For Your Information: F2-02 Bulk Tallow Consignments

New Zealand Food Safety Authority
Date: 19 November 2002
From: John Lee, Assistant Director (Market Access)

NZFSA is aware of a practice involving bulk tallow exports whereby bulk tankers arrive from other countries such as Australia with partially full tanks. These tanks are often topped up with tallow of New Zealand origin.

NZFSA is unaware of, and has no negotiated overseas market access requirements that it has notified allowing for this practice. Any MAF/NZFSA official assurances (official export certificates) issued for such consignments only cover the tallow of New Zealand origin.

It is the responsibility of the exporter to ascertain the acceptability of this practice either through the importer or the relevant overseas authorities.

NZFSA advises exporters that should the mixing of tallow in this manner lead to any issues regarding entry to another country involving that country's officials, we would not be in a position to enter any negotiations upon that or any other exporters behalf.

As a consequence MAF/NZFSA advises all exporters that they undertake this practice at their full commercial risk.

Disclaimer: This FYI is intended for use as a guideline only and should not be taken as definitive or exhaustive. NZFSA endeavours to keep this information current and accurate. However, it may be subject to change without notice. NZFSA will not accept liability for any loss resulting from reliance on this information.

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