MAF Biosecurity: New Zealand Quarantine Information
To protect New Zealand’s clean environment and mainly pest free wildlife, MAF Biosecurity have issued strict regulations for shipping to New Zealand. As part the clearance process a full, descriptive inventory must be submitted, detailing showing the contents of your packages. This must be presented to the Biosecurity Department. Depending on the contents, your shipment may be subject to inspection and possibly fumigation if this is deemed appropriate by the MAF officers. All charges for these services will be payable locally in New Zealand.
The booking period for agriculture inspection slots can take up to five days and fumigation a further seven days.
Items which may be subject to inspection by MAF include:
- Garden tools, bicycles, camping equipment, golf clubs, golf shoes, horse riding equipment, outdoor furniture, and children’s outdoor play equipment. In summary, for any item that may have been in contact with soil or dirt, we recommend that you thoroughly steam clean or pressure wash prior to Shipping to New Zealand.
- Vacuum cleaner: We recommend that this is emptied and cleaned prior to shipping.
- Food: as long as this has been commercially manufactured, it is acceptable to include food in your shipment (i.e. sealed) although we do recommendthat this is kept to a small amount. Please note that food is subject to the list of prohibited items.
- Goods packed by yourself (labelled Packed by Owner [PBO] on the packing inventory).
- Wicker / cane-ware such as baskets, wicker chairs. Do not ship cane / wicker items unless they have been commercially manufactured. Items purchased for example at local markets are likely to be sent for fumigation.
- Pacific style hand woven mats. Must be cleaned and check for seeds or insects prior to shipping..
The following items are prohibited when shipping to New Zealand:
- Canned or dried meats, spices (unless commercially prepared), diary and egg products.
- Honey, beekeeping equipment.
- Any form of ivory, tortoise or turtle shell.
- Items made of, or including derivatives from endangered species, for example: rhinoceros, tigers, whales, dolphins, and wild cats. This includes sporting trophies. The only exception is if a CITES certificate is available for each item.
- Pine cones. Please be aware that many Christmas decorations contain pine cones.
If you have any doubts regarding items that you are Shipping to New Zealand we recommend that you discuss these with your Move Manager or with the International Consultant during your pre-move survey.
More information can also be found on the following websites:
www.quarantine.govt.nz and www.biosecurity.govt.nz.