Taking infant formula overseas

You can take infant formula with you when you leave New Zealand – but only for personal use, and you need to check if you can take it into your destination country.

Taking infant formula overseas

You can only take infant formula out of New Zealand in your checked or hand luggage if it is for your personal use (for example, your own infant’s use), a gift, or another non-commercial use. You cannot take infant formula overseas if you are planning to sell it.

Like anything you take overseas, infant formula will be subject to your destination country’s customs and quarantine requirements. Some countries have limitations on the quantity of infant formula you can bring in.

To find out more

To find out what food you can or can’t take to another country you should:

  • visit their appropriate government agency website, or
  • contact the country’s embassy or representative in New Zealand.

Australia: Bringing or mailing goods to Australia

USA: Bringing food into the US

United Kingdom: Bringing food, animals or plants into the UK

European Union: What can you take with you?

Contact details for foreign representatives to New Zealand: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Sending infant formula overseas

Different rules apply if you are sending infant formula. There are export requirements you must meet if you want to send infant formula overseas by post, courier, or freight by ship or air. This is true even if you’re sending it to your family or friends.

Sending infant formula overseas

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