Importing hazardous waste

To import hazardous waste into New Zealand, you need a permit. Find out how to apply.

Without the right permit, your shipment of hazardous waste could be refused entry or seized en route, or when it arrives in New Zealand. This could cost you time and money.

Find out which types of waste are considered hazardous waste

Apply for a Hazardous Waste Import permit Plus

You can only import hazardous waste from countries that are members of the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), or are a party to the Basel Convention or Waigani Convention. 

To apply for an import permit, allow plenty of time - we cannot process your import permit application until we hear from the Competent Authority in the country you are exporting from. Please read our guide below for more detail, including a checklist of the supporting information that you must provide and more information about the application assessment process.

Your permit application must include a fully-completed application form, and all of the requested supporting information. We cannot assess any application until we have all of the legally-required information.

Send your application in an email with ‘Hazardous waste import application’ in the subject line to our Hazardous Substance Applications team: importexport@epa.govt.nz. Or send a copy to: Hazardous Substance Applications team, Environmental Protection Authority, Private Bag 63002, Wellington 6140

See our guide: Importing Hazardous Waste into New Zealand (pdf 201 KB)

Download the Import Hazardous Waste application form (docx 90KB)

Note: If you are planning to apply for a permit to import waste containing persistent organic pollutants (POPs) into New Zealand, please be aware that you will need an additional approval from us, the EPA, for these materials. Please contact us for more information about this.

After the import Plus

Follow the conditions on your permit. If you don’t follow these conditions, we could revoke your permit, meaning your shipment could be seized or refused entry at the destination New Zealand port.

Ensure that completed copies of the Basel Convention Movement form are emailed to us at the EPA twice:

  • when the shipment leaves the country of origin/exporting country
  • when the shipment of waste is processed

Download a copy of the Basel Convention Movement for (doc 144KB)

Hazardous waste in transit through New Zealand Plus

If you plan to transit hazardous waste through New Zealand, please contact us to discuss your plans.