Storing and transporting dairy products

Find out about the requirements you need to meet if you store and/or transport dairy products. They depend on whether the product being exported or sold in NZ.

Storing dairy products for export

If you store dairy products intended for export, you need to operate under a registered Risk Management Programme (RMP). This ensures that your products meet all the export requirements for New Zealand and also those of destination markets. You can find out more about developing an RMP in the General requirements section of the website.

Risk Management Programmes (RMPs)

Code of Practice (COP) for stores

You can use an industry-agreed COP specifically for animal products storage to help you develop an RMP for storing dairy products.

Cold and dry stores – Code of practice

You can find further information about meeting requirements in the Stores (cold & dry) section of the website.

Storing animal products (including dairy)

Transporting dairy products for export

If you transport dairy products intended for export, you need to operate under a registered Risk Management Programme (RMP) or operate under the Transport Regulated Control Scheme (RCS).

RMP template for transporting

You can use a template provided by MPI to help you develop an RMP for transporting dairy products.

RMP template: transport of dairy material and dairy products

You can find information about meeting these requirements and the Transport RCS in the Transport & wharves section of the website.

Transporting animal products for export

Exporting dairy products to Australia

If the products you store or transport are only exported to Australia, then the requirements are the same as storing and transporting dairy products for the New Zealand market.

Storing and transporting dairy products for the New Zealand market

If you store or transport dairy products intended for sale in New Zealand, you can choose to operate under an RMP or a FCP under the Food Act.

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

Under the Animal Products Act (APA) 1999, the definition of a dairy processor includes the storage and transport of dairy products. This means anyone transporting or storing dairy product is captured by the APA and needs to operate under a registered RMP unless an exemption, such as described in the Order applies.

You can find out more about RMPs and FCPs in the General requirements section of the website.

Risk Management Programmes (RMPs)

Food Control Plan (FCP)

Operating under the Food Act

Rules for food businesses are changing – we're moving from the Food Act 1981 to the Food Act 2014. From 1 March 2016, all new businesses must operate under the Food Act.

Existing businesses (registered under the Food Act 1981 or Food Hygiene Regulations 1974 before 29 February 2016) will shift to the new Act between 2016 and 2019. Check the timetable to find out when your type of business has to transition.