Electrical Safety

Guidance for sellers of electrical items

Why should I care?

Because the law requires all electrical items sold to consumers to be safe. The Electricity (Safety) Regulations underpin the compliance framework and rules regarding the sale of electrical goods.

What paperwork do I need?

To show they are safe, some electrical items require a supplier declaration of compliance (“SDoC”) before they can be sold. Some also require safety approval from the Government or certification. In order to sell your item on Trade Me, you must have this documentation and be prepared to supply it where required.

Who will check it?

The Ministry of Economic Development’s Energy Safety team can ask for your documentation at any time. You must supply it within 10 days or you risk a $3,000 fine for a company, or a $1,000 fine if you are an individual.

Trade Me expects you to supply the documentation within 24 hours, if requested. Members who fail to supply the requested documentation to either Energy Safety or Trade Me risk a suspension or closure of their membership.

Can I sell secondhand electrical items?

Yes, but all secondhand electrical items sold in New Zealand must be electrically safe. A way of demonstrating this is to have them tested to Australian and New Zealand Electrical Safety Standard (AS/NZS) 5761, or disabled and tagged in accordance with AS/NZS 4701. An electrician can do this for you.

For more details, see Energy Safety’s advice.  

Can I list an electrical item with a foreign plug? 

No.  All items that need plugs must have New Zealand plugs and meet the regulatory requirements; no exceptions. For example, you cannot sell a phone with a charger that uses a UK plug with an adaptor.

Where can I get some more information?

For more information on electrical items, visit the Energy Safety website and check out their guide to supplying safe electrical products.

This guide is based on information from Energy Safety, and used with permission.

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