Steps to exporting meat

The steps you need to follow to export meat from New Zealand. Types of meat include beef, lamb, goat, pork, ostrich, and emu.

Follow the steps

There are 5 steps to exporting meat. They don't have to be done in any particular order, or by the same person or company. It is the exporter's responsibility to ensure all requirements have been met before the meat is exported.

1. Meet New Zealand requirements

Find out about New Zealand requirements for export meat.

2. Check destination market requirements

Check if there's export access to your preferred market, and what the rules are to export there. Some markets have much higher compliance requirements and costs.

3. Register as an exporter

To export meat from New Zealand, you need to register as an exporter with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) or use the services of a registered exporter.

4. Register for Animal Products E-cert

Find out how to apply for access to Animal Products E-cert to track export meat production and apply for official assurance.

5. Apply for a meat export certificate

Not all markets require an export certificate or official assurance – if you need it you'll apply through E-Cert.

Other requirements

You may also have to meet other requirements, including those set by government agencies like the New Zealand Customs Service.

Export clearance procedures – New Zealand Customs Service

Storage and transport requirements

Export non-conformance

If your meat export is stopped at the border or no longer meets export requirements, you must tell MPI within 24 hours.

Find out more about export non-conformances

Who to contact

If you have questions about exporting, email

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