2. Check destination market requirements for meat exports
One of the 5 steps to exporting meat from New Zealand is to check if the destination country has any specific requirements. Find out how to do that.
On this page:
- About Overseas Market Access Requirements
- Get a password
- Search for your OMAR
- Check FYIs and OMAR notifications
- When there is no OMAR
- If you use wood packaging
- Find out more – other steps to exporting meat
As a meat exporter, you're responsible for knowing and meeting the requirements of your destination country. You can find most of the requirements in documents called OMARs – Overseas Market Access Requirements. They differ between countries and products. OMARs set out requirements for all operators in your export chain – for example, farms, manufacturers, storage facilities, and transporters.
Some countries have much stricter and more costly requirements than others. It's worth checking the requirements before deciding where you want to export to. Some countries also require premises or harvest areas to be approved, or 'listed', before you can export your products. The OMAR will tell you if you need to be listed, and the process to follow.
Tip: It's helpful to establish a working relationship with an import agent in your destination market.
You need to apply to MPI to read animal product OMARs because they're password protected.
When you have your password, you'll be able to read the OMAR for your destination market. For meat, you need to look at OMARs for animal products. Read the OMAR for your destination market thoroughly to make sure you can comply with all the requirements.
If your export destination has an OMAR you'll likely need an 'official assurance', also known as an export certificate, before you can send your meat product. Official assurance is the New Zealand Government's assurance to the destination market that your product meets the standards set out in the OMAR.
Other information you should read includes:
Guidance offered by FYIs can help you with exporting concerns or issues. (You may need your OMAR password to read some FYIs.)
OMAR notifications will give you the latest updates for your destination country.
If there is no OMAR for your export destination, work directly with your importing agent to find out about certification and any other requirements. If an import permit is required, the permit will outline the requirements.
Note, if there is no OMAR, it could mean your product is prohibited from being sent to that country.
Some destinations that don't need official assurances may instead require Free Sales Certificates (FSC), or Free Sales Advice Statements (FSAS).
If you use wood packaging products – other than paper – for your export product, check that your wood packaging meets the phytosanitary requirements of the destination market. Most markets require you to treat your wood packaging to make sure it's free of pests and diseases.
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