1. Meat exports – New Zealand requirements

Find out the New Zealand requirements for export meat including beef, lamb, goat, pork and other mammals, ostrich and emu. This is one step in a 5 step process.

Comply with NZ legislation and food standards

You need to meet labelling requirements and all relevant food standards and regulations, including the:

Operate under a risk management programme

To get an official assurance for exporting meat, the meat must be produced and processed under a registered and verified risk management programme (RMP). Other suppliers in your export chain – for example, storage facilities, processors, and transporters – also need to operate under an RMP. RMPs help you manage hazards and ensure that your product is fit for purpose and meets legal requirements.

Information in the RMP will form part of your application for official assurance – you'll need to log this information in E-cert throughout the process. If at any point the meat is processed, transported, or stored outside of an approved RMP, you can’t get an official assurance and your meat will lose its eligibility for export.

Develop and register your RMP

Transport operators must operate under either a regulated control scheme or a risk management programme.

Options for transport operators

Verify your RMP

After developing and registering your programme, you must get it verified regularly by an MPI recognised verification agency.

Animal products recognised agencies – including dairy [PDF, 124 KB]

When you don't need an RMP

In some circumstances, depending on the destination market's requirements and the type of meat you're exporting, you might not need to operate under a RMP.

Exporting beef to Australia under a food control plan

To export beef to Australia under a food control plan (FCP) you must:

  • be a registered exporter under the Animal Products Act 1999. (This applies to all operators that export animal products to other countries – with or without an export certificate)
  • apply to MPI for approval. Complete the FA3 application form and return it to MPI.
  • Download the FA3 form [DOC, 123 KB]

If you need to change your details after completing an FA3, use the FA4 form.

Information about exporting beef products is in this document:

To see a list of New Zealand Food Control Plan premises that are eligible to export beef products to Australia under an FCP, download:

Find out more about food control plans

Complete animal status declarations, if needed

If you send animals for processing, or move them between properties or to saleyards, you need to complete an animal status declaration (ASD).

Find out more about ASDs

Check use of hormonal growth promotants

The use of hormonal growth promotants (HGPs) is strictly controlled in bovine animals (cattle). You cannot export meat from animals implanted with HGP to the European Union and some other countries where the use of HGP is banned.

Find out more about the requirements for using HGPs

Get official devices for your products

Meat products must be packed and labelled to ensure they're secure and the contents can be traced to the official assurances (export certificates) that apply to them. Official devices, which help protect the integrity of the products, have to be approved by MPI.

Find out more about official devices and legal requirements

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