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.

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

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 exporterhelp@mpi.govt.nz

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