Fertilisers and growing media of plant origin

You must meet strict biosecurity requirements before importing fertilisers and growing media of plant origin. The requirements are to prevent the entry of unwanted organisms into New Zealand. Fertilisers must also be authorised for entry under the Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines (ACVM) Act.

Your step-by-step guide to importing fertilisers and growing media of plant origin.

Check the import health standard for fertilisers and growing media of plant origin.


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.

Importer responsibilities

When importing fertilisers and growing media of plant origin into New Zealand, you're responsible for:

  • meeting the import health standard (IHS) for your products
  • checking that any fertiliser products are authorised for import under the Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines (ACVM) Act
  • arranging appropriate treatment for your products
  • ensuring products are properly packaged to prevent contamination
  • reporting to MPI if your products show signs of disease or pests
  • keeping the right records.

Fees and charges may apply.

Who to contact

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

Search for NPPO contacts on the International Plant Protection Convention website

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

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