To export day-old chicks and hatching eggs you must:
- register as an exporter or use the services of a registered exporter, if the purpose of your export is commercial
- be aware of relevant legislation
- check market requirements – is there a current Overseas Market Access Requirements document (OMAR) available?
- make sure that the day-old chicks or hatching eggs are exported from premises registered as Export Approved Premises
- refer to operational codes for guidance
- check if an import permit is required by the destination country
- check if an Animal Welfare Export Certificate is required
- engage a recognised agency to assess your operation
- access export certificate templates (optional).
In addition, you may have to meet other requirements. These might be of a commercial nature, or requirements set by other government agencies like the New Zealand Customs Service. It will also pay to check with the importing agent in your destination country that you haven't overlooked any requirements.
Official assurance programme (OAP)
Exporters should be familiar with the official assurance programme (OAP), which is supported by the Animal Products Act and related legal notices, especially those dealing with official assurance specifications, recognised agencies and persons, export-approved premises, and export verification requirements.
The programme is published as 2 types of document that set the standards and specifications for export. Those documents are:
- Overseas Market Access Requirements (OMARs)
- Operational code: Export poultry.
The Overseas Market Access Requirement (OMAR) is the legal document that lays out the requirements for exporting your commodity from New Zealand to your destination country.
The Operational code is the guidance material containing the recommended standards for exporters of live poultry. Download the:
Operational Code: Export Poultry [PDF, 1.2 MB]
Additional disease requirements for Salmonella Enteritidis Requirements for Specified Markets.
Additional disease requirements for Salmonella Enteritidis Requirements for Specified Markets
Export Verification Programme [PDF, 81 KB]
Preparation for export
Some countries require the poultry source flock to be inspected, tested, or vaccinated. In some cases the day-old chicks will be examined, and sometimes vaccinated or treated, to make sure they're ready to export. For some countries, hatching eggs need to be examined and fumigated. The Overseas Market Access Requirements (OMAR) document for your destination country will tell you whether inspection or treatment is needed.
Exporting related products
Processes for exporting products related to live poultry are elsewhere on the website. Follow these steps if you're exporting:
If you are taking your pet bird overseas, refer to:
Recognised Laboratory Programme
Exporters should also be familiar with the Recognised Laboratory Programme. All laboratories that test live animals and germplasm for export must operate under the programme.
Advice on supplying pre-export, pro-forma documents or certificates
Some overseas competent authorities may ask for information about a consignment before they issue an import permit. Sometimes airlines may also ask for this information.
They may want it supplied in the same format as the relevant export certificate template. However, issuing a document that looks like an export certificate (official assurance) could pose some risk to exports if done incorrectly.
MPI has published a document, which provides guidance and advice to exporters when preparing pro-forma certification for live animal, semen and embryo exports.
Download the guidance document [PDF, 139 KB]