2. Check destination requirements

One of the 5 steps to exporting pet food from New Zealand is to check if the destination country has any specific requirements. Find out how to do that.

If the pet food contains animal products

You need to check if there is an Overseas Market Access Requirements (OMAR) document for your destination.

OMARs differ between markets and products, and set out requirements for all operators in your export chain – for example, processors, storage providers, and transporters.

You should also check with your importer whether there are any other requirements you need to meet, including requirements for agricultural compounds and veterinary medicines (ACVM).

Official assurances

Some markets require official assurances, or export certificates. This will be stated in the OMAR. You should also check with your importer to ensure you're meeting destination requirements.

Check if your premises need to be listed

Some markets require premises to be 'listed', before you can export your products. 'Listing' is a procedure agreed between governments for ensuring that a country's market access requirements are met and products are produced in premises eligible to export to that country.

Your OMAR will tell you if you need to be listed, and the process to follow. To be listed, you will need a fully operational risk management programme and to work with your verifier to meet the listing requirements.

If the pet food does not contain animal products

Check with your importer about requirements in your destination market.

If you are using wood packaging

If you use wood packaging products other than paper for your pet food product, check that the wood packaging meets the requirements of the destination market. Some countries may require you to treat the wood packaging to make sure it's free of pests and diseases.

Get help

If you need help with a pet food export, contact MPI's exporter help team.

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