Exporting pre-branded wine

If you're planning to export pre-branded New Zealand grape wine you haven't produced yourself, you'll need to work with the wine producer to get export clearance and ensure you meet all of the export requirements. We've created a step-by-step process so you can see what's involved.

Related process

If you're exporting wine you've produced yourself, there's a different process to follow:

Exporting – but not producing – pre-branded wine

If you want to export grape wine that's already been produced and branded in New Zealand, you must meet the requirements of the Wine Act 2003.

This means working with the wine producer to ensure you've gone through the right processes, including:

  • receiving an export eligibility statement for the consignment you're shipping
  • meeting the requirements of your destination market
  • making sure the wine has been produced under a registered Wine Standards Management Plan (WSMP)
  • keeping clear records for traceability
  • ensuring MPI is aware of any non-compliance or market access issues.

It's your responsibility to work with your wine producer throughout this process. If you want to export wine, you'll need to make sure all the requirements are met.

When to alert MPI

As an exporter you're responsible for telling MPI within 24 hours if your wine for export:

  • becomes unfit for purpose
  • is refused entry by a foreign government
  • fails to meet relevant Overseas Market Access Requirements (OMARs)
  • doesn't have the required export documents – they are removed or lost. 

Who to contact

If you have questions, email wine.query@mpi.govt.nz

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