What is a country listing?
Some overseas markets (destination countries you want to export to) only accept animal export products from premises included on official lists. To be included on the official list, your premises need to meet requirements set by the overseas market.
Exporters for certain destination markets must source their products from premises that are listed. Premises that have been approved by a certain market or country will appear on a list for that market.
Why you need a country listing to export
Country listings assure the destination country that the premises in New Zealand are meeting the export requirements for their country.
Some markets will only accept animal products from premises with a listing.
Who needs a country listing?
The need to be listed depends on the type of product and where it is being sent to. The OMAR (overseas market access requirements) for the market or country you are exporting to will say if a listing is needed. Most animal products for export need to be from listed premises.
How long does it take to become listed?
It depends on the type of product, and the country you want to export to.
Most listings depend on approval from the overseas market. In some cases, a market will approve a listing within weeks. Some listing applications can take months or possibly longer. This applies to markets or products that have complex requirements to be met. Some markets can be approved faster because MPI does the approval.
How to apply for a country listing
If you are applying for a country listing, there are steps to follow. It is a good idea to start the application process as early as possible.
Check other requirements for exporting
As well as meeting country listing requirements, you need to check and meet any other exporting requirements.