Transporting and handling food for the NZ market

Wharf operators and most transport operators handling food for the New Zealand market need to comply with the Food Act. Find out about the requirements.

Meeting the requirements

Wharf operators

If you handle food or food-related products for consumption in New Zealand, then you need to comply with requirements under the Food Act 2014. 

Transport operators

If you transport food or food-related products for consumption in New Zealand, then you need to comply with requirements under the Food Act 2014.

Operating under the Food Act

The Food Act 2014 came into force on 1 March 2016. The Act applies to all new food businesses that started from that date.

Existing businesses (registered under the Food Act 1981 or Food Hygiene Regulations 1974 before 29 February 2016) are making the transition between 2016 and 2019. Find out when your type of business has to start operating under the Act.

Dairy processors who transport

If you are a transport operator and also considered to be a dairy processor, then you must meet requirements under the Animal Products Act.

This means you are required to operate under one of the following:

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