Export to New Zealand

Why export to New Zealand?

  • Straightforward market for British exports
  • New Zealand’s culture, language and consumer taste aligns with that of the UK
  • A low risk, high return market
  • A small indigenous manufacturing sector provides a healthy demand for manufactured goods imports

For any enquiries regarding shipping to New Zealand please contact us on +44 (0) 20 8988 8068 or email hello@unsworth.uk

export to New Zealand


UK Exports to New Zealand regulations

All goods leaving the EU must be declared to Customs, which would be arranged by our experienced staff. Due to an increase in cargo security measures, shipments leaving the EU must send a pre-departure message to New Zealand, known as the Export Control System (ECS). For goods travelling across the EU Member States to a non-EU country, a new document — the Export Accompanying Document (EAD) —must be used to comply with Customs cargo security procedures. This is also the exporter’s official evidence of export. 

Export Controls to New Zealand

Particular classes of goods are subject to export controls. To see if your shipment is affected, please visit https://www.gov.uk/ website under Strategic Export Controls.

Required documents for shipping to New Zealand

There are generally no special regulations for exports to New Zealand; however, your shipment must be accompanied by an invoice. As long as there are no payment or title (ownership) issues then check if the goods can move with an express bill or on express release to avoid potential delays that may occur when shipping with the full marine bill of lading (ie cargo cannot be released until the original has been handed to the carrier in your buyer’s country).

New Zealand is also a part of a scheme used to approve reliable and compliant traders with the benefit of receiving faster Customs Clearance. Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status is given to importers who have consistently proven their compliance to New Zealand Customs Authority. As Unsworth has an AEO status with Customs in regards to their exports to New Zealand, we can self-asses your customs entry and expedite the processing of your shipment with minimal checks, saving you time and hassle. 

Special Certificates required for exports to New Zealand

  1. Whisky and other alcoholic spirits may require a Certificate of Verification of age, origin and GI confirmation if Scotch whisky.
  2. Plants and some plant products require a Phytosanitary Certificate. Phytosanitary controls are required for the import of certain plant material that could present a phytosanitary risk.
  3. Exports to New Zealand of milk and milk products to countries outside the EU must be accompanied by a Declaration Origin (Dioxin) issued by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) in the UK.
  4. Live animals and animal products are subject to an import permit issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and must also be accompanied by a Veterinary Health Certificate.
  5. There are a number of controls for foodstuffs and it is important that the correct supporting documents are with the consignment, e.g. Certificates of Fumigation, Phytosanitary Certificate. In addition, products intended for human and animal consumption such as food, milk, sugar, soft drinks, tea, coffee, pet foods, may also require a Certificate of Free Sale (CFS). CFS is produced by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) in the UK.
  6. Form 57 is prescribed but not compulsory for both motor vehicles and their spare parts that are manufactured in the UK. If Form 57 is not supplied, evidence of the claim to preference must be provided.
  7. Shipments of wildlife and wildlife products subject to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) require an import permit.
  8. A Kimberley Process Certificate is required under the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) for the importation of rough diamonds.

Marking of goods

There are specific regulations relating to the labelling of wool products and footwear, clothing and dry-cell batteries must be marked with country of origin. There is also special marking required for a number of other products such as: food, toys, cosmetics, furniture, medicine, electrical devices.

For more information on the marking of goods, feel free to contact Unsworth.

Packing Material

Export sea freight to New Zealand must follow the packaging regulations set out by the International Plant Protection Convention Guidelines for regulating wood packaging in international trade (ISPM 15). Wood and wood packaging must bear the international mark stating that it has been correctly heat treated or fumigated in accordance to ISPM 15 standards. Please note that wood packaging could still be subject to inspections and delays at import.

For any enquiries please contact us on +44 (0) 20 8988 8068 or email 

Want to read more about shipping to New Zealand? 

Abbreviated harmonised code    Product classification 2006 2012*
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock and parts 54 61 186
8703 Passenger cars 116
8701 Tractors 11
8702 Buses/PSVs 6
8716 Trailers and parts 10
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery, mechanical appliances and parts 72 81 95
8411 Turbojets and jet engines 26
8432/8433 Agri/horticultural machines, balers, etc 9
8429 Bulldozers JCBs, heavy plant 6
8427 Forklift trucks 5
30 Pharmaceutical products 32 21 30
85 Electrical machinery and parts; TV and sound recorders and reproducers 27 33 27
8516 Storage water heaters, hairdressing dryers, etc 2
90 Optical, photographic, measuring, precision instruments 22 15 15
49 Books, newspapers, pictures, printing industry products, manuscripts 20 17 20
39 Plastics and plastic products 18 19 23
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 9 11 11
2203 Beer 2
2208 Whisky 9
33 Essential oils and resinoids, perfumery, cosmetics or toilet preparations 7 6 9
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 7 9 15
73 Articles of iron and steel 6 7 9
62 Articles of apparel, unknitted, and clothing accessories 3 2 8
48 Paper and paperboard 4 6 8
99 Other products 6 5 7
29 Organic chemicals 3 5 6
88 Aircraft, aviation 4 10 6
94 Furniture, medical and surgical 3 4 5
9405 Lamps and fittings 2
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 6 3 2
21 Miscellaneous edible 4 4 4
72 Iron and steel 3 3 2
34 Soaps, organic surface active agents, artificial waxes 3 3 3
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts, tannins, dyes, pigments, varnishes, putty, inks 3 4 3
40 Rubber and articles thereof 3 2 2
82 Tools and implements, cutlery, spoons and forks 3 3 3
69 Ceramic products 2 3 3

*2012 annualised, based on actual January–October 2012 data

Source HMRC www.uktradeinfo.com, which can be accessed for deeper eight-digit code searches with monthly trends.