New Zealand does not regulate its domestic organic agriculture and markets. For imports, organic claims are enforced under a general consumer protection law, the Fair Trading Act 1986.
For exports, the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) administers a voluntary Official Organic Assurance Program (OOAP) for organic products exported to specific regulating countries, namely, China, European Union, Japan, Switzerland, Taiwan and the United States. Organic trade with Australia is covered under a Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Agreement.
New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI)
|Type:||Bilateral equivalence arrangement|
|Year in effect:||Not yet implemented|
|Product Scope:||Unprocessed and processed products of plant and animal origin. Includes wine. Does not include apiculture or aquaculture|
|Country of origin:||Products, including ingredients in process products, must have been|
produced in New Zealand or China.
|For imports: The bilateral arrangement acknowledges that the products produced under Chinese organic regulations are deemed to meet New Zealand’s Fair Trading Act, as New Zealand does not have a domestic organic regulation.|
For exports: Exports would operate under the OOAP, administered by the MPI.
|Trade Partner:||European Union|
|Type:||Unilateral equivalence arrangement for imports to the European Union|
|Year in effect:||1997|
|Product Scope:||Unprocessed and processed agricultural products of plant and animal origin. Includes wine. Excluded aquaculture.|
|Country of origin:||Must have been produced in New Zealand, and/or processed in New Zealand with ingredients produced or imported from:|
|Type:||Unilateral equivalence arrangement for imports by Japan|
|Year in effect:||n/a|
|Product Scope:||Unprocessed and processed products of plant origin.|
|Country of origin||Product must have been produced and/or processed in New Zealand.|
|Type:||Unilateral equivalence for purpose of import by Taiwan|
|Year in effect:||2009|
|Product Scope:||Unprocessed and processed products of plant and animal origin.|
|Country of origin:||Products must have been produced and processed in New Zealand.|
|Exceptions:||For import: |
|Trade Partner:||United States|
|New Zealand has an arrangement with the United States to oversee certification in New Zealand to the requirements of the US National Organic Program (NOP). Under this arrangement, the United States recognizes that New Zealand’s control system for conformity assessment to organic production requirements is equivalent to its own.|