New Zealand’s primary industries generate about $46 billion per year in exports, accounting for nearly 80% of all of New Zealand’s exported goods. Approximately 350,000 people are employed in the sector.

The food and primary sectors are integral to New Zealand’s trading and diplomatic relationships. As part of its international engagement, New Zealand also collaborates closely with trading partners to build capacity and capability in their agricultural sectors.

MPI plays a role in helping exporters meet the requirements of overseas markets and ensuring the welfare of the animals exported. All countries we trade with have Overseas Market Access Requirements (OMARs). These outline what exporters need to do to access markets in different countries. Requirements differ according to the country, and what is being exported. Examples of OMARs are on MPI’s website.


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