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Import permits for asbestos-containing products

As at 1 October 2016, the importation of asbestos-containing products is prohibited unless the importation is authorized by a permit, or imported solely for the purpose of export and is subject to the control of Customs (as defined in section 20 of the Customs and Excise Act 1996) at all times while it is in New Zealand.

An import permit must be obtained from the EPA before the importation of an asbestos-containing product, which may be granted under section 5 of the Imports and Exports (Asbestos-containing Products) Prohibition Order 2016.

How do I apply?

To apply for an import permit, submit the Asbestos-containing product import permit application form below.

How much will it cost?

The fee for this application is $650 (excluding GST), and must be paid when the application is lodged.

If the time taken to process the application exceeds 2.5 hours, an additional assessment fee of $116 (excluding GST) per hour will be payable. This additional fee will be discussed with the applicant before an invoice is prepared.

For more information, contact the EPA at or by calling 0800 429 7827.


Send the import permit application form to:

Email address:

Postal address: Environmental Protection Authority, Private Bag 63002, Waterloo Quay, Wellington 6140