The export of firearms, military goods and technologies, and goods and technologies that can be used in the production, development or delivery of nuclear, chemical or biological weapons (strategic goods) is prohibited under the Customs and Excise Act 1996 (as amended by the Customs and Excise Amendment Act 2007) unless an export permit has been obtained from the Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
New Zealand's system of export controls on strategic goods is designed to ensure that such exports are consistent with broader foreign, strategic and security policy objectives. The system is an essential element of our non-proliferation and disarmament policy, implementing our commitment to controlling the proliferation of weapons, and as a responsible exporter. In particular, New Zealand's export control system is a significant thread of our commitment to restricting the ability of states to develop weapons of mass destruction.
Controlled items are listed on the New Zealand Strategic Goods List.