If you are importing food for sale into New Zealand, you have legal obligations under the Food Act 1981.
A summary of requirements for importing food, and how to use the information in this section. If you're new, start here.
This page tells you about foods recalled overseas, and developing risks. Make sure you check this page frequently.
The first 8 things an importer needs to do. Includes complying with Standards and familiarising yourself with importing procedures.
You need to comply with 2 Importer Standards: the Importer Listing Standard, and the General Requirements Standard.
Ensure you understand the clearance procedures and requirements for food you import into New Zealand.
Some foods are monitored for specific hazards ('prescribed foods'). Find out the clearance options and procedures for sampling and testing these foods.
Requirements for importing food from specific countries. Make sure you check this page regularly.
MPI's monitoring programmes sample and test foods and animal feed for known hazards. This includes imported foods.
You may need to pay for services provided by MPI, on a cost-recovery basis.
Includes the list of tariff codes requiring Food Safety Clearance (prescribed foods).
Documents for importers, customs brokers and agents. Includes manuals, forms, and legislation.
Important updates for Importing.