Apply to import ozone-depleting substances

You must apply for a permit to import methyl bromide or an exemption to import other ozone-depleting substances. Find out how to do this here.

First check whether your consignment meets the conditions for bringing the substance into New Zealand.

Find out which products can be imported or exported to or from New Zealand

Apply for a permit to import methyl bromide Plus

To apply for an permit to import methyl bromide, download and complete the methyl bromide application form. As a part of your application, you must show that the import will be used for legitimate quarantine or pre-shipment fumigation in New Zealand.

Email your application and supporting information to ozone@epa.govt.nz. Allow 40 working days for processing your application. This timeframe may be longer if we need more information from you.

Download the methyl bromide application form (doc 383KB)

Apply for an exemption to import ozone-depleting substances Plus

To import any other ozone-depleting substance (listed above), you must apply for an import exemption.

To apply, download and complete the OLPA Import Exemption Application form. You must include supporting information to show why these goods must be imported into New Zealand. This is generally because the goods are needed:

  • for human health and safety, such as aerosols or fire extinguishers
  • for research purposes, where the import can be justified for human health or safety purposes.

Email your application and supporting information to ozone@epa.govt.nz. Allow 40 working days for processing your application. This timeframe may be longer if we need more information from you.

Download the OLPA Import Exemption Application form (doc 395KB)

If you haven’t applied in advance for permission to bring your ozone-depleting substances into New Zealand, you could face a fine of up to $200,000 if stopped at the border.

Ozone-depleting substances in transit Plus

If you are carrying ozone-depleting substances on board a ship or aircraft in transit through New Zealand – meaning they will enter New Zealand, remain in the same condition, and be shipped elsewhere within 20 working days – you may need to apply for an import exemption.

Please contact us to discuss your situation. If the vessel is fully owned by New Zealanders, or is a New Zealand ship or New Zealand registered aircraft, the owners of the ozone-depleting substances must apply for an import exemption before the vessel reaches New Zealand. 

Download the OLPA Import Exemption Application form (doc 395KB)