Live sheep & cattle export reports

Reports on sheep and cattle exported from New Zealand by sea.

Voyage reports required

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) requires that a voyage report is completed for all shipments of livestock by sea that require an Animal Welfare Export Certificate (AWEC).

Reports should be submitted by the exporter to MPI within 20 working days of the vessel arriving at the destination.

MPI assesses past voyage reports when considering any future applications for an AWEC.

Voyage report guidance and template

The MPI Guidance Material for the Transport of Cattle by Sea details the 20 working days timeframe and the format for voyage reports. Section 17 of the guide has more information about the reports. Appendix 7 includes a voyage report template exporters can use.

Voyage report summary – live sheep export

Only one large consignment (greater than 20 animals) of sheep by sea has been exported since 2008. It was a shipment of 45,112 sheep to Mexico, which departed Timaru on 11 June 2015 on the vessel Nada.

The voyage took 15 days and mortality rate in the sheep was 0.42% with 191 sheep deaths.

Voyage report summaries – live cattle exports

Summaries of consignments (greater than 20 animals) of cattle exported by sea between 2008 and 2015 show the mortality rates for each voyage. Since 2015, the summaries also include port of export, vessel name, and the voyage length. Where significant mortalities have occurred, a short explanation of the reason is given. These shipments have resulted in MPI requesting further information from the exporter and a re-evaluation of systems that caused the deaths.

Post-arrival reports required

Since April 2019 the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has required that a report on the welfare of exported livestock during the 30 days after arrival at the destination is completed for all shipments of livestock by sea that require an Animal Welfare Export Certificate (AWEC).

Reports should be submitted by the exporter to MPI within 60 days of the vessel arriving at the destination.

MPI assesses past reports when considering any future applications for an AWEC.

Post-arrival report summaries – live cattle exports

A summary of consignments of cattle exported by sea since April 2019 showing the mortality rates during the first 30 days after arrival of the animals in the destination country.

2019

Date of export

Destination

Date of arrival

Number of cattle at arrival

Number of mortalities

Percentage mortality

15 April

China

30 April

3,297

6

0.18%

21 April

China

9 May

2,409

8

0.33%

4 August

China

22 August

5,397

8

0.15%

17 September

China

5 October

3,980

0

0.00%

4 October

China

19 October

3,789

0

0.00%

17 October

China

4 November

3,309

1

0.03%

9 November China 25 November 3,977 0 0.00%
27 December China 15 January 2020 6,693 0 0.00%

TOTAL

 

 

32,851

23

0.07%

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Who to contact

If you have questions about voyage reports or exporting live animals, email animalexports@mpi.govt.nz

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