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Buying electrical, electronic and radio products from overseas

Electrical, electronics and radio/wireless products can cause interference to the radio spectrum in New Zealand. To minimise interference products must comply with standards and have compliance labels. This requirement is for all products purchased overseas including online purchases.

The effects of interference can be:

  • Annoying disruption to radio services i.e. noise affecting broadcast radio reception
  • Costly disruption to commercial radio services i.e. cell phone services
  • Disruptions to the safety of life radio services i.e. maritime, aeronautical, police, ambulance etc.

 

Electrical and electronic products

To comply with New Zealand’s Radiocommunications Act 1989 and Regulations 2001, electrical and electronic products must meet standards and display a compliance label.

Electrical and electronic product requirements.

These products have the potential to cause radio interference (pollution) to radio services. Devices with microprocessors, switched mode power supplies, electronic transformers, motor speed controllers or commutator motors are likely to cause radio interference unless they have been tested and found to comply with the required standards. The technical standards these devices are required to comply with are listed in the Radiocommunications (EMC Standards) Notice and the labelling requirements are listed in the Radiocommunications (Compliance) Notice 2013 No. 2.

Examples are:

  • Computers and other IT equipment
  • Hair dryers
  • Satellite, radio and TV receivers
  • Home appliances.

 

Radio/wireless products

To comply with the New Zealand’s Radiocommunications Act and Regulations, radio and wireless products must meet standards, display a compliance label and comply with a radio or spectrum licence.

Radio/wireless product requirements.

These products are intentional radiators and can interfere with other radio services. They are required to comply with a relevant technical standard which are listed in the Radiocommunications (Radio Standards) Notice 2015. They must also display a compliance label as required by the Radiocommunications (Compliance) Notice 2013 No. 2.

In addition to meeting standards and showing compliance labels all radio products must comply with a radio or spectrum licence which will set the available frequencies, transmitter power and other operating conditions.

Some examples are:

  • Cordless phones

Cordless Telephones General User Radio Licence

Short Range Device General User Radio Licence 

  • CB radio (HF & UHF)
Citizens Band Radio General User Radio Licence
  • Model control
Short Range Device General User Radio Licence 
  • Wi-Fi transmitters
Short Range Device General User Radio Licence 
  • Baby monitors
Short Range Device General User Radio Licence 
  • Marine radio
Maritime Purposes General User Radio Licence
  • Land mobile
Individual licences
  • Radio/wireless microphones

UHF Radio Microphone Licences

Short Range Device General User Radio Licence 

  • Amateur Radio*
Amateur Radio Operators General User Radio Licence

*No standards apply to amateur radio equipment but only suitably qualified and licensed amateur radio operators can use radio equipment.
 

Prohibited devices

The importation, sale or use of some radio devices is prohibited in New Zealand and will likely lead to the confiscation of the equipment and prosecution of the owner or operator.

 

On-selling products

Persons or organisations importing electronic, electrical or radio transmitting equipment for on-selling in New Zealand must comply with the documentation and labelling requirements as set in the Radiocommunication (Compliance) Notice, Radiocommunications (EMC Standards) Notice and Radiocommunications (Radio Standards) Notice as appropriate. In addition suppliers of radio transmitting products must hold a Licence to Supply.
 

Last updated 10 September 2015