Exporting hazardous waste
To export hazardous waste out of New Zealand, you need a permit. Find out how to apply.
Without the right permit, your shipment could be seized at a New Zealand port or may be refused entry en route, or at the destination. This would cost you time and money.
Apply for a permit
To apply for a permit to export hazardous waste, you must complete our application form, the internationally-required notification form, and supply all of the requested supporting information.
Allow plenty of time – it takes 30-80 working days to process export permits for hazardous waste. 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.
Send your application to email@example.com with ‘Hazardous waste export application’ in the subject line. We cannot assess any application until we have all of the legally-required information. Alternatively, you can send a paper copy of your application to: Hazardous Waste Applications, Environmental Protection Authority, PO Box 63002, Wellington 6140, New Zealand.
After the export
A condition of every export permit issued is that you must complete a Basel Convention Movement form twice and send it to us, the EPA:
- first, prior to shipment
- and again, once the hazardous waste reaches the destination facility and the waste recycling/disposal is completed.
This form is required under the Basel and Waigani Conventions, and the OECD agreements, for shipping hazardous waste. A copy should also be included in the documentation accompanying the shipment.