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Agricultural items

Any pests or diseases that come in with your items could cause serious damage to New Zealand’s environment and economy.

You must declare any items that could be risky (Ministry for Primary Industries) on your Passenger Arrival Card.

Risky items include:

  • food
  • fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, poultry, honey, ingredients used in cooking, and all dairy products
  • alive or dead plants and seeds
  • wooden items
  • alive or dead animals
  • alive or dead animal products
  • traditional/herbal medicines
  • any shoes, sports or outdoor equipment you’ve used.

If you don’t declare these items, MPI might:

  • fine you 
  • prosecute you.

Once MPI officers have inspected your items, they may return them to you. Some items will not be permitted to enter New Zealand. In other cases, MPI officers will need to treat your items first – you will have to pay for this service. Please check MPI's website for more information about what can be brought into New Zealand. 

Animal and plant products

You may not be able to bring in some animal and plant products (Ministry for Primary Industries).