Steps to exporting pet food
The steps you need to follow to export pet food for cats and dogs from New Zealand.
Follow the steps
There are 5 steps to exporting pet food. It is the exporter's responsibility to ensure all requirements have been met before the pet food is exported.
1. Meet NZ pet food requirements
Find out about New Zealand requirements for pet food that's being exported.
2. Check destination requirements
Check if there's export access to your preferred market, and what the rules are to export there. Some markets require official assurances, which mean pet food must be produced under a Risk Management Programme.
3. Register as a pet food exporter
To export pet food that contains animal products from New Zealand, you need to register as an exporter, or use the services of a registered exporter.
4. Register for E-cert
Find out how to apply for access to Animal Products E-cert to track export pet food production and apply for official assurance.
5. Apply for an export certificate
Not all markets require an export certificate or official assurance – if you need it you'll apply through E-Cert.
Resources to help you export pet food
- Pet food exporting glossary – some terms you'll need to know [PDF, 298 KB]
- Pet food exporting decision tree – a guide that introduces the different rules that apply [PDF, 219 KB]
You may also have to meet other requirements, including those set by government agencies like the New Zealand Customs Service.
As an exporter, you're responsible for telling MPI within 24 hours if your pet food for export:
- becomes unfit for its intended purpose
- is refused entry by a foreign government
- fails to meet the relevant Overseas Market Access Requirements (OMARs)
- doesn't have the required export documents – for example, if they have been removed or lost.
Who to contact
If you have questions about exporting pet food products, email email@example.com