Serving over 140 NZ Companies Exporting Certified Organic Products to 90 markets around the world.

Our membership network is diverse and includes a mix of New Zealand’s largest exporters through to smaller family based operations as well as the New Zealand organic certifiers and regulators. The core role of the Organic Exporters is to link members together to share knowledge and resources and make progress on the common issues as we strive to deliver the vision of a vibrant and growing organic export sector.

Applications for Organic Exporters membership are open to all organisations - including those not currently exporting, but which are interested in promoting the opportunities for New Zealand organic products.

Organic market opportunities continue to grow strongly but so does the complexity. The collective support and information sharing offered by the Organic Exporters network is increasingly important to navigate this environment as we strive to grow our organic exports.

Get Inside the Member Only Section and Find What You Need Including;

  • Market Reports
  • Updates on the NZ Government Official Organic Assurance Programme (OOAP)
  • AGM & Annual Reports
  • International Organic Trade Shows - calendar and updates. We provided discounted costs on all Trade Shows.
  • Our Strategy
  • Other Key Links to help you
  • International Status of Organic Regulations covering over 90 markets
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The Organic Exporters Association has been a champion for organic regulation in New Zealand since 2012.  As one the three foundation members in the inaugural “New Zealand Organic Regulations Working Group” in 2012. The Organic Exporters Association published the first Organic Regulations “White Paper” in 2015 for consultation with MPI.  In August 2017 the formal process with government began.  We met with the Food Safety Minister, the Honourable David Bennett to provide further framework.   In November 2017 some of the Organic Exporters executive team met with the MPI government officials who are charged with developing the organic regulation framework.


In March 2018 we met with the Minister of Agriculture the Hon Damien O’Connor and the key MPI officials who are charged with developing the organic regulation framework.  We had further high-level meetings with MPI in May 2018 prior to the release of the MPI organic discussion document on 14th May 2018. The government intends to create new legislation specifically for organics.  It could be expected that the legislation will be passed relatively quickly and could be enacted as soon as May 2019.


Your voice is important. Everyone has the right and option to make submissions directly to the MPI organic discussion document.  The Organic Exporters Association represents the largest stream of commerce for organics in New Zealand and we have been working closely with MPI on this subject.  Your executive will make submissions on behalf of the association that best reflects the needs of the members.  We urge you to take time to read through the document.  We want to hear your views and invite you to email your position to .  If you intend to make a submission to MPI directly please copy us in also so we can temper our united submission with your views.


All submissions close at 5pm 11th June 2018.

2018 BioFach Shanghai

24-26 May  

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NZ Organic Exporters to Show Off in Shanghai.  18 organic exporters are making final adjustments to their marketing collateral and heading to the largest organic expo in all Asia. BioFach China, where New Zealand will be the Country of the Year. Mike McCarthy, Organic Exporters Chairman says this role has much honour associated with it. It is also the largest NZ organic pavilion in history for an international exhibition.
The event has been put together with the assistance of NZ Trade & Enterprise and the German-New Zealand Chamber of Commerce. Sandy Motion, Business Development Manager at the Chamber said “The event is German owned and the Chamber is the official NZ agent”. “We have been delighted to have been working with the Organic Exporters and seeing this come to fruition”.
Damon Paling, NZTE Trade Commissioner in Shanghai said “The visit by so many organic business representatives is more than exhibiting at a trade show”. “There is a seven-day official programme in addition to exhibitors meeting up before and after the event with customers, distributors or agents”. “Included in the event by NZTE is a two-day business activation programme involving around 10 expert presenters”.
Rick Carmont the Organic Exporters Executive Director said “Some exhibitors have identified that their duration in China would be around three and a half weeks”.
China’s organic market is valued at US$10 billion and organic products certified to Chinese organic certification from New Zealand is worth over $30 million.