Transporting Clinical Trial Materials

New Zealand is well connected to important international centres via global transportation networks.

Importing Materials

All imports into New Zealand are subject to Ministry of Agriculture & Forestry (MAF) and New Zealand Customs Import regulations. Some goods may also be subject to the requirement for a third party agency approval to import. For example, approval by the Ministry of Health – Medsafe Division is required to import medicine or new medicine into New Zealand.

A commercial invoice is required to accompany all goods. The commercial invoice should be on supplier letterhead and must specify the name and address of the importer and consignee, the terms of trade (International Chamber of Commerce – INCO terms), details of goods (quantity, description and value of each item), country of origin and invoice currency. In order to ensure the accuracy of the Customs import entry, each item should also show the applicable harmonised tariff code.

For detailed information about New Zealand’s importing requirements, please visit the following websites:

Ministry of Agriculture & Forestry (MAF)
New Zealand Customs Service
Medicines Act 1981


Exporting Materials

New Zealand is well serviced by major international specialist and consolidator couriers. Typical transit times achieved ex-Auckland are:


Asia Pacific Region
Kuala Lumpur 36 hours
Mumbai 48 hours
Shanghai 48 hours
Singapore 36 hours
Sydney 24 hours

Los Angeles 36 hours

Brussels 48 hours
Frankfurt 48 hours
London 48 hours
Paris 48 hours


Transporting Clinical Trial Materials in New Zealand

The safe and compliant transport of clinical trial material is extremely important. Personnel involved in the preparation of clinical trial material for transport and those undertaking the responsibility as the shipper have specific responsibilities for ensuring material is prepared and transported in accordance with national and international regulations applicable to the transport mode. It is therefore critical that personnel involved in the transport of clinical trial material become familiar with and remain cognisant of their responsibilities, and to comply with all relevant regulatory requirements, especially when offering material classified as dangerous goods.

In New Zealand, the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority (NZCAA) is responsible for all aspects of dangerous goods transport by air, to, from and within New Zealand. Shippers offering dangerous goods for air transport must comply with the NZCAA Rule Part 92. Shippers offering dangerous goods to a member airline of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) must also comply with the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations. Dangerous goods shipping training courses in New Zealand must be conducted by an organisation with an aviation training certificate issued under Part 141 of the Civil Aviation Rule, or an organisation holding a current IATA dangerous goods training programme certificate of accreditation. Organisations certified by the NZCAA to conducted dangerous goods training courses are listed on the NZCAA website. Cold chain management awareness courses are also available and can include the preparation of products for air transport.



 This page developed with assistance from World Courier.


  • Medsafe

    Via Email:
    Phone (04) 819 6800
    P O Box 5013
    New Zealand

  • National Co-ordinator of HDECs

    Via Email:
    phone 0800 4 ETHICS (or from outside NZ +64 4 819 6877)
    Ethics Committees
    Ministry of Health
    PO Box 5013
    Wellington 6145
    New Zealand

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