Before you import or export radioactive materials you must obtain a consent under section 24 of the Radiation Safety Act 2016. Some conditions or exemptions may apply.
What you need to know
To import or export radioactive material you need to know about:
- registering with the Office of Radiation Safety
- the types of consents (either general or individual) and conditions that apply
- applying for a consent and paying the fee
- any exemptions
- keeping your details up to date.
What you need to do
1. Register as an importer or exporter
You must register before you can apply for a consent. Registration is free, simple and quick. By registering, your details can be easily accessed for future applications – you don’t have to resubmit them every time.
To register, download and return the application form:
Some radioactive material is exempt from the provisions of the Act. These exemptions are set out in regulations 10 to 14 of the Radiation Safety Regulations. Consents are not required for sources that are exempted from the relevant provisions in the Act.
Information for import agents
Often an importing agent has an interest in the import and clears the goods through New Zealand Customs, even though they are consigned to another party. In these circumstances, the 'agent' is regarded as the importer and must obtain the consent and comply with its conditions.
Keep your details up to date
Registrants must advise the Office of Radiation Safety of changes to their registration details as they occur.
2. Identify the type of consent you require
There are two types of consents:
For the type of consent you require, read the conditions that must be met.
The Office of Radiation Safety issues general consents for transactions involving unsealed radioactive material. These sources pose a lower risk and are normally used for medical purposes. General consents authorise multiple transactions in advance, with a requirement that the details are notified quarterly to the Office of Radiation Safety. This reduces compliance obligations and helps to clear goods through New Zealand Customs efficiently.
Some conditions will be imposed with a general consent – such as requirements to:
- maintain accurate records
- use correct tariff codes
- file quarterly transaction returns
- undergo compliance audits.
General consents also specify maximum monthly limits of the amount of goods able to be supplied to each end-user.
Supplies in excess of these limits require individual consents.
The limits are set at levels that are unlikely to be exceeded in normal circumstances.
Individual consents are required for:
- the export of any sources
- the import of sealed sources
- the import of unsealed sources in the absence of a general consent, or in excess of the levels allowable for general consents.
An individual consent must be obtained before the transaction takes place.
3. Apply for consent
To apply for consent, first read through the conditions for the type of consent you're applying for, then complete and return the appropriate form.
Sealed radioactive material
- Application for consent to import/export sealed radioactive material - single shipment (PDF, 185 KB)
Unsealed radioactive material
- General Consent to Import (doc, 33 KB)
- General Consent to Import (pdf, 151 KB)
- Individual Consent to Import (doc, 102 KB)
- Individual Consent to Import (pdf, 57 KB)
4. Pay the consent fee
Fees for consents are set out in regulation 18 of the Radiation Safety regulations.
The import and export fees for these IAEA categories are (excl.GST):
- category 1 or 2 radioactive material: $300
- category 3, 4 or 5 radioactive material: $80
- category 3, 4 or 5 radioactive material under a general consent: $400 per annum.
Fees are payable at the time of making the application (section 14(c) of the Radiation Safety Act 2016).
Arrangements with the New Zealand Customs Service
The Office of Radiation Safety and New Zealand Customs Service have put in place a number of initiatives to ensure sources are cleared efficiently and reporting is streamlined.