Fruit and vege export rules overhaul

  • 02/12/2015

The rules around New Zealand's $300 million fruit and vegetable export industry are being changed to allow it to become a world leader, the Government says.

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has introduced a bill to parliament to update and future proof the Horticulture Export authority Act.

It's been in force since 1987 and Mr Guy says the global market has changed significantly since then.

"To remain internationally competitive, the industry needs a more flexible and cost effective export framework that helps deliver quality products for consumers," he said.

"The proposed changes will enable New Zealand industries to be global leaders in horticultural exports."

Export values have increased from $50m in 1988 to just under $300m this year.