NZ Import Regulations

New Zealand's import/export regulations are under almost constant review and new standards and systems are regularly put into place. For comprehensive details on the statutory requirements for exporting seed to and importing seed from New Zealand, please contact MPI (Ministry for primary industries) New Zealand. You can contact the MPI through their website or by phone +64-4-894-0100 or by fax +64-4-894-0720.

Seed generally requires an International Phytosanitary Certificate (IPC) and often with additional declarations (which may require field or seed inspections) and/or fungicide treatment. For the most recent and specifical information on seed being imported in to New Zealand go to the MPI web site

Our premises are registered as a MPI Approved Transitional Facility and we are approved by MPI to fungicide treat & dress seed upon its arrival in NZ. If fungicide treatment is required, for small nursery lines we usually prefer to do this at our facility. We operate a MPI accredited/approved Seed Operator System, under which SST has accredited Export Seed Inspectors.

Export out of New Zealand

We can arrange the export of your seed through our freight forwarding agent.

Freight options include postage, courier, air freight, or sea freight. The cost of exporting is dependent on the freight option chosen and the weight of the consignment. We prefer to send consignments "freight collect" but in specific situations we may be able to pre-pay.

For all logistical details and freight costs of exporting to and importing from New Zealand please contact our preferred freight agent Anglo Pacific International in Christchurch:

  • Anglo Pacific International

  • 36 Logistics Drive, Harewood

  • Christchurch 8051

  • P O Box 20365, Bishopdale

  • Christchurch 8543

  • Phone: 03-3588191

  • Fax: 03-3588896

  • Email:

Exporting to New Zealand

Please ensure all consignments are clearly addressed and securely packaged to prevent transit damage as it may result in leakage.

To post or courier seed the consignment should be addressed to:

  • Southern Seed Technology Ltd

  • Phone +64 3 329 1750

  • C/- MPI New Zealand

  • 14 Sir William Pickering Drive

  • Private Bag 4765

  • Christchurch

  • New Zealand

  • ph +64 3 3581856

To air or sea freight seed the consignment should be addressed to:

  • Southern Seed Technology Ltd

  • Phone +64 3 329 1750

  • Waipuna Research Farm

  • 285 Lake Road South, Irwell

  • PO Box 42

  • Leeston 7656

  • New Zealand

  • (Freight Forwarding Agent: Anglo Pacific International, Christchurch. Phone +64 3 358 8191)