As of 1st July 2016, only a registered food importer can import food into the country. This means that you must gain registration or use the services of an existing food import agent. Furthermore, depending on the type of food, you might also need to provide special documentation to prove that the product is safe for New Zealand flora and fauna.
The requirements of the Food Act 2014, Import Health Standards and Imported Food Requirements as well as Food Standards Australia New Zealand might be daunting to deal with even for seasoned food importers when importing certain food and food-related products for the first time. Therefore, with our assistance and support, we can cut to the chase and expedite the entire process.
If your business is focused on international markets, and you are planning to offer products such as animals or food containing animal products, dairy or organic products under the Official Assurance Programme, you will need to be registered as an exporter.
Exporting regulations are quite complex and there are a number of categories to consider, not to mention the duties you will have to perform under the various Acts in order to receive export certification issued by MPI when they are satisfied that your product is compliant with all relevant regulatory and administrative requirements. Considering the entire process, it might be a good idea to seek out support and guidance.
THE FOOD ACT 2014 - CRITICAL INFORMATION FOR FOOD IMPORTERS
Published on: 15/02/2018
Importers of dietary supplements or ingredients used for dietary supplements must register as a food importer under the Food Act 2014 and meet food safety requirements