New Zealand Import Restrictions

In order to enter New Zealand, certain goods are subject to specific controls and, regardless of their value and quantity, they require the consent of New Zealand government, preferably, license must be obtained prior to passage through the customs, preventing the goods from being retained. On this page, you will see what kinds of items are prohibited from entering the New Zealand, and which items need special documentation before exporting to New Zealand.

New Zealand Import Regulations

Import regulations

Senders should determine import restrictions from New Zealand authorities before posting:


  • Animals and animal products
  • Arms and ammunition
  • Brandy
  • Beverages and spirits
  • Chemicals
  • Cocoa and cocoa preparations
  • Firearms and weapons
  • Foodstuffs, prepared
  • Pharmaceutical products
  • Plants and plant products
  • Preparations for cereals, starch and flour
  • Vegetables
  • Whisky
  • Wool articles.

Special documentation requirements

New Zealand has no current requirements for special documentation.


In addition to items prohibited by Dangerous and Prohibited Goods & Packaging Post Guide and ECI International Courier Regulations, New Zealand prohibits:

  • Animals and animal products
  • Arms and ammunition
  • Coins or currency, counterfeit or otherwise
  • Live trees and other plants
  • Lottery tickets and advertising
  • Hair or bristle articles
  • Helmets, motorcycle
  • Inorganic and organic chemicals
  • Miscellaneous manufactured articles
  • Live trees and other plants
  • Ores, slag and ash
  • Offensive weapons (flick knives, knuckle dusters)
  • PCB rubber teats, soothers, pacifiers
  • Pharmaceutical products
  • Plastics and articles thereof
  • Printed articles; books and newspapers- offensive by nature
  • Publications or recordings, indecent
  • Soil, sand, clay, earth and sawdust
  • Tobacco, including chewing
  • Unprocessed fruit and plant products
  • Wood and articles of wood /unprocessed timber
  • Woolpacks.

Transporting food of any kind is prohibited under ECI Platinum.

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