Export Controls

Exports of military, dual use and catch-all goods which may harm New Zealand’s security or national interests or contribute to human rights abuse are controlled, as is the trade of certain chemicals.
  • Contact us

    Reach out to the Export controls team for advice at any stage in your exporting journey. You don't need to be ready to apply for a permit to contact us.

  • Purpose statement

    The purpose of Aotearoa New Zealand's Export Controls regime

  • Why do we have Export Controls?

    How the Export Control regime has developed, including key operational changes, public consultations and legislative changes.

  • Which exports are controlled?

    Which military, dual-use and military end-use goods are controlled, and how to self-assess if your goods are controlled.

  • Export controls and the Treaty / Te Tiriti

    When assessing permit applications MFAT will consider whether an export may compromise the Government’s obligations under the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi / Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

  • How do I apply for a permit?

    Applying for a permit is free. Determine which permit is right for you and what documentation you may need.

  • How is my application assessed?

    What is involved in assessing your application, the Assessment Criteria, and how long it takes.

  • How do I use my export permit?

    Learn when to present your permit to the NZ Customs Service, what records to keep , how to request an amendment, penalties for non compliance, and documentation required by other countries

  • Due diligence and awareness

    Understand your due diligence obligations and learn about red flags that may alert you to attempts to circumnavigate controls.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    If you have a query take a look through this list of frequently asked questions.

  • Training and engagement

    Discover online training videos, reach out to the Export Controls team about a site visit or to invite us to attend an in-person or online event.

  • Transparency

    Learn about the Export Control regime's Transparency Approach, find reports, and understand how we look after exporters' information.

  • Exporting and importing controlled chemicals

    The export and import of certain chemicals is controlled due to their possible use as chemical weapons or for making chemical weapons.

  • Brokering weapons and dual-use items for military use

    Any brokering activity requires registration with the Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and a permit for each brokering activity.

  • Glossary

    Take a look in the glossary if you would like to better understand a meaning of a word used in this section.

  • Notices

    From time to time we will issue notices about importing and exporting and brokering controlled items to and from New Zealand.


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