To protect New Zealand and its environment, certain items are not allowed to be brought into the country, have restrictions for entry, or must be declared if they are deemed to present a biosecurity risk. These include food, plants, animal products and outdoor recreational equipment. You may risk a fine if you fail to comply.
All seeds being brought into New Zealand are subject to in-country examination and biosecurity inspection. Companies/Exhibitors who want to bring seed samples to the Asian Seed Congress 2023 (ASC 2023) need to meet New Zealand’s biosecurity requirements. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) specifies what these requirements are.
For more information on what items to declare visit the Ministry for Primary Industries, please visit http://www.mpi.govt.nz/travel-and-recreation/arriving-in-new-zealand/items-to-declare
For larger seed consignments it is recommended you use a customs broker or freight forwarder. For information on customs brokers, refer to the Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Federation website.
Visit the NZ Customs website to find out more about the import entry process.
If carrying seeds as a personal consignment
DECLARE that you are bringing seeds by presenting the following documents upon arrival at the airport:
All seed entering New Zealand must be inspected by MPI. Depending on the quantity of seed this can take several hours or longer. It may not be possible to issue clearance of your seed while you wait.
If your seed species requires a GMO test certificate it cannot be screened by MPI staff at the airports. This will mean there will be a delay in processing and clearing your seed and clearance will not be able to be issued while you wait.
If your product does not comply with the import health standard (IHS), your product may need to be reshipped or destroyed unless a measure can be applied on-arrival to meet the requirements of the import health standard (IHS).
Application form to apply for an import permit for seeds for sowing.
Find out more about testing for GM seed
Seeds for Sowing: Import Health Standard (IHS 155.02.05)
The Seeds for Sowing IHS provides the details of what you need to do to successfully import your seed. All seed must comply with the general import requirements detailed in Part 1 of the IHS. Your seed may also have specific requirements outlined in Part 2 – check the relevant section of the IHS listed in the Plant Biosecurity Index.
Some common seed examples include:
For other queries, please email us or MPI directly at: