Dairy Market Access (OMARs)

Find out how to use dairy Overseas Market Access Requirements (OMARs), OMAR notifications and export guidance offered by For your information (FYI) documents.

To find all the requirements you need to meet for exporting dairy products or dairy material, consult the Exporting section in the left-hand menu.

Understanding OMARs

OMARs outline specific country requirements you need to meet when exporting. They are requirements that the New Zealand Government has agreed with governments of export destinations. Their purpose is to facilitate access to overseas markets for New Zealand exporters.

You are responsible for checking for any changes to regulatory or commercial requirements, and ensuring that your exports comply.

By clicking on OMARs in the left hand menu, you can find:

  • OMARs for dairy products and dairy material
  • information about how to get a password and who is eligible
  • how to get up-to-date information about OMARs.

Finding out more about OMARs

OMARs are made under section 60A of the Animal Products Act 1999. There is further information about OMARs in the Exporting section of this website.

Exporting – Market access (OMARs/FYIs)

Markets not covered by OMARs

If you wish to export dairy products to countries not listed, it is your responsibility to check and comply with destination country or market requirements. Where OMARs are unclear, MPI can seek clarification from the overseas government concerned. Unofficial interpretations are applied at your own risk.

What OMAR notifications are

OMAR notifications are used for urgent country-specific requirements.

OMAR notifications also include new Technical Directives (TDs) and General Requirements for Export (GREXs). You can find out more about these in the Exporting section of this website.

When an OMAR for a particular country is updated, relevant notifications are incorporated. When you sign up to receive OMAR email updates, you also receive OMAR notifications.

To find the current and relevant dairy OMAR notifications, click on OMAR notifications in the left-hand menu.

What FYIs are

For your information (FYI) documents are intended as guidance on exporting issues. The information in an FYI is not a legal requirement established by MPI. To get access to FYIs, click on Dairy FYIs in the left hand menu.

Helping to keep export requirements current

Please advise MPI if you receive information about new requirements or the way in which countries administer their requirements. This helps ensure that market-specific export requirements are valid and as up-to-date as possible. It may also provide a basis for negotiations to amend an existing requirement or establish a new one.