Annually, 1,102 tonnes (product weight) of New Zealand High Quality Beef can be exported to the European Union at a 20% ad valorem duty (reducing to 7.5% from 1 May 2024).

Imports within the Tariff Rate Quota (TRQ) are referred to as “in-quota” and are administered by the New Zealand Meat Board. 

New Zealand may also supply beef to the EU under the “most favoured nation” global quota. The quota allows nations to compete for a total of 116,703 tonnes of product, specifically:

- 53,000 tonnes for frozen meat of bovine animals
- 63,703 tonnes for frozen beef intended for processing.

The most favoured nation quota is administered by the EU and is subject to an ad valorem duty of 20%.

Product imported outside the quota is subject to an out-of-quota tariff rate of 12.8% + 141.4 - 304.1 Euro per 100kg/net. This is administered by the EU and collected at point of entry.

The Quota Year runs from 1 July to 30 June. Prior to the year’s start, the Board makes quota allocations to Qualifying Companies and New Entrants. This is done in accordance with the Quota Allowance Allocation System, which can be found on page 12 of the EU High Quality Beef Tariff Rate Quota Manual.

EU High Quality Beef Tariff Rate Quota Manual

How it Works

Here you will find details on the EU High Quality Beef quota and can download official forms. Once completed completed, forms can be emailed to the Board.


Please note: The information provided on these pages is a summary of the provisions of the EU High Quality Beef Tariff Rate Quota Manual, itself. In the event of any inconsistency between the Quota Manual and information on these pages, the Quota Manual prevails.