Steps to exporting seafood

The steps you need to follow to export seafood from New Zealand. Seafood is all fish and fish products, including finfish, crustaceans, cephalopods, echinoderms, molluscs, gastropods, and bivalve molluscan shellfish.

Follow the steps

There are 5 steps to exporting seafood. Exporters must ensure they only export seafood that has met all requirements.

1. Meet New Zealand requirements

Find out about New Zealand requirements for export seafood.

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 seafood from New Zealand, you need to register as an exporter with 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 seafood production and apply for official assurance.

5. Apply for a seafood 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 non-conformance

If your export products are stopped at the border or no longer meet export requirements, you must tell MPI within 24 hours.

Who to contact

If you have questions about exporting, email

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