Market access (OMARs/FYIs)

Find out how to use Overseas Market Access Requirements (OMARs), OMAR notifications and export guidance offered by For your information (FYI) documents.

Understanding OMARs

OMARs outline destination country requirements you need to meet when exporting. They are requirements that the New Zealand government has agreed with governments of export destinations. Their purpose is to facilitate access to overseas markets for New Zealand exporters.

Before you export your products, you need to check for any changes to regulatory or commercial requirements. You are responsible for ensuring that your exports comply with both New Zealand requirements and any relevant OMARs.

By clicking on OMARs in the left-hand menu, you can find:

  • OMARs for animal products, dairy products, New Zealand grape wine and organic products
  • information about how to get a password, who needs one and who is eligible
  • how to get up-to-date information about OMARs.

OMARs are made under:

  • Animal Products Act 1999, including the Official Assurances Programme
  • Food Act 1981
  • Wine Act 2003

Markets not covered by OMARs

If you wish to export products to countries not listed, it is your responsibility to check and comply with destination country or market requirements. Where OMARs are unclear, MPI can seek clarification from the overseas government concerned. Unofficial interpretations are applied at your own risk.

You can also find exporting information specific to your food products in the section for your food sector.

Food sectors

Getting access to OMARs

In some cases, you require a password to view OMARs because they contain commercially sensitive material. This applies particularly to OMARs for animal and dairy products. If you are involved in exporting, you can apply to MPI for access using the following link.

About password-protected documents

You do not require a password to view OMARs for wine or organic products.

What OMAR notifications are

OMAR notifications are used for urgent product or country-specific requirements. They also include:

  • General Requirements for Export (GREXs), which set out outline general requirements to ensure that animal products are eligible for export
  • Technical Directives (TDs), which give product information that relates to meeting New Zealand requirements.

When you sign up to receive OMAR email updates, you also receive OMAR notifications.

General Requirements for Export (GREXs)

GREXs are put in place to safeguard assurances provided by MPI for export of dairy and other animal products. They outline general requirements set by MPI, which ensure that these products are eligible for export. For example, there are GREXs for:

  • packaging, labelling and branding
  • seals on cartons and containers
  • transport, equipment and storage  – for example, temperature control for road and rail transport, and at wharves
  • verification.

You need to review GREXs and ensure you comply with all requirements relevant to your animal material or product. They can be found in the Official Assurances Programme (OAP) and Meat Manual 15. Sometimes they are issued as OMAR notifications.

Updating OMARs

When an OMAR for a particular country is updated, relevant notifications are incorporated. When a notification has been incorporated into an OMAR, it is cancelled and recorded on the list of cancelled notifications.

To find the current and cancelled OMAR notifications, click on OMAR notifications in the left-hand menu. Please note that you require a password to view some OMAR notifications.

What FYIs are

For your information (FYI) documents are intended as guidance on exporting issues relating to animal and dairy products. The information in an FYI is not a legal requirement established by MPI.

To get access to current and cancelled FYIs, click on FYIs in the left-hand menu.

Helping to keep export requirements current

Please advise MPI if you receive information about new requirements or the way in which countries administer their requirements. This helps ensure that market-specific export requirements are valid and as up-to-date as possible. It may also provide a basis for negotiations to amend an existing requirement or establish a new one.

Travellers going abroad

If you travel overseas and carry animal material or products, excluding dairy, intended for later personal use or consumption, you are exempt from registering as an exporter. You can find further information in section 24 of the Official Assurances Programmes (OAP).

Official Assurances Programme

Taking trade samples overseas

You may need to meet export requirements if you take trade samples to other countries. These are normally defined in the OMARs for the countries or markets the samples are intended for.

Taking products, other than animal products, abroad

You can find information about taking food products overseas or exporting live animals and germplasm on the MPI Biosecurity website.

MPI Biosecurity: Going to other countries

MPI: Exporting