New Zealand prides itself on maintaining a clean-green environment. To avoid contamination, new diseases, insects and pests, New Zealand's Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) enforce the biosecurity policies within New Zealand.
Basic household items and personal goods are required to be inspected by Customs officials on behalf of MAF Biosecurity New Zealand.
Many items are likely to be examined by Customs and, if deemed necessary, de-contaminated. To avoid this process, it's a good idea to thoroughly clean any items that have come into contact with grass, soil, water, vegetation, insects and animals.
To find more detailed information, visit the New Zealand Customs website.
This answer was last updated on 25 November, 2010.
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