Standards and Regulations

Ministry for Primary Industries (offsite link to is the government authority responsible for maintaining effective biosecurity standards for the movement of goods to and from New Zealand. Before importing or exporting, consideration needs to be given to the product involved and the requirements of the country it is being sent to or received from.

A set of standards and regulations govern the movement of various goods to and from New Zealand. These relate to the importing and exporting of plants, animals and other materials which may represent risk goods, including all products that are derived from plant or animal material. Consult the relevant section for information on the standards and regulations that apply to the commercial activity you wish to undertake.

Regulations have also been developed to cover requirements for transportation, including containers and cargo, ships, aircraft and transitional facilities.

Standards Integration Programme

The Standards Integration Programme (SIP) is bringing clarity to MPI standards so they are easy to find, easy to understand and developed in a clear and consistent way.  Find out more about Standards Integration Link to PDF document (940 KB)

Programme Manager's Blog Link to PDF document (67 KB)

Page last updated: 9 July 2013