Exporting dairy products

Use this page as a guide to market access (OMARs), official assurances, E-cert, security devices and what happens if exports consignments are detained.

General export requirements

If you intend to export dairy products from New Zealand, there are requirements under the Animal Products Act 1999 that you need to meet. You also need to register as an exporter and find out about:

  • Overseas Market Access Requirements (OMARs) for the destination you are exporting to
  • Official Assurances Programme (OAP)
  • General Requirements for Export (GREX)
  • Technical Directives (TDs)
  • other general information about exporting.

You can find out more about registration and the requirements for exporters in the Exporting section of the website.


Overseas Market Access Requirements (OMARs)

Before you export, as well as meeting the New Zealand requirements for your products, you may also need to meet destination country requirements. This is often made easier through specific agreements made by the New Zealand government with other countries. These agreements are called OMARs. Because many of them are specific to New Zealand and can be market sensitive, they are password-protected.

You can find out more about OMARs and applying for a password in the Market access (OMARs/ FYIs) pages in the left-hand menu.

Official assurances and export certificates

Sometimes when you export food or food-related products, you need a document certifying that your export consignment meets certain requirements. These documents or export certificates are issued by MPI. Some export certificates are official assurances. An official assurance is a government-to-government assurance confirming that your products meet New Zealand’s and the destination country’s requirements.

There is general information about getting official assurances for export in the Exporting section of the site.

Export certification

Official assurances and health certificates for dairy

You can find out more about official assurances for dairy products in the Market access (OMARs/FYIs) pages in the left-hand menu.

To meet the requirements of a destination country, you may need to provide health certificates that declare information such as:

  • origin of the animal
  • its health status
  • microbiological information.

You can find a list of these declarations, or attestations, for many countries in a spreadsheet maintained by MPI.

Summary of test parameters (648 KB XLS)

You need a password to see this information. You can find out how to apply for one by following this link.

About password-protected documents

Exporting using Electronic Certification (E-cert)

Official assurances and export certificates are often issued by MPI through E-cert. E-cert is a MPI web application which improves the efficiency of the exporting process and can help to reduce your costs. It assists exporters by providing government-to-government assurances that dairy products, and other animal products, exported from New Zealand comply with the regulatory requirements of the destination country.

To use E-cert you need to apply for access.

You can find more about how to use E-cert in the Exporting section of the site.

Electronic certification (E-cert)

Security devices

When you export dairy products, or other animal products, they must be packed and labelled to ensure they are secure and that the contents can be traced to the official assurances (export certificates) that apply to them. These security devices, which have to be approved by MPI, help to protect the integrity of the products.

The requirements for container and carton seals are described in the following notices. There is also guidance about how to apply the requirements.

Animal Products (Export Requirements for Branding, Marking and Security Devices) Notice 2006

You can find out further information about these in the Exporting section of the site.

Security devices

Export non-conformances (ENCs)

When your products arrive at the destination country, they may be checked to ensure they comply with local regulations. If your products do not comply, this can:

  • cost you money and cause inconvenience
  • have a serious impact on trade
  • compromise New Zealand’s reputation as a trusted supplier of food and food-related products.

All non-conformances need to be reported to MPI within 24 hours. You can find out more about your reporting obligations, the forms you need to complete and the penalties for non-compliance in the Exporting section of this website.

Export non-conformances