Timber

If you're importing timber, it needs to meet certain biosecurity requirements to prevent the introduction of pests and diseases to New Zealand. MPI can help importers meet these requirements.


IMPORTANT DATES FOR PERMITS AND ENQUIRIES

Permit applications

Plant product import permit applications submitted after 13 November 2019 will not be processed before Christmas. The Plant Imports office will be closed from 24 December 2019 to 3 January 2020. We will continue processing applications from 6 January 2020.

Customer enquiries

The Plant Imports office will be closed from 24 December 2019 to 3 January 2020. We will respond to emails from 6 January 2020.

Responsibilities of timber importers

When importing products to New Zealand you're responsible for:

  • meeting the import health standards (IHS) for your products
  • arranging appropriate treatment for your products, if needed
  • reporting to MPI if your product shows signs of disease or pests
  • keeping the right records.

Fees and charges may apply.

Who to contact

If you have queries about offshore treatment or phytosanitary certificates, contact the exporting country's National Plant Protection Organisation (NPPO) or your customs broker.

For other questions about importing timber, email plantimports@mpi.govt.nz.

 

Last reviewed: