Electronic certification (E-cert)

When you export plant or animal products, they often must be accompanied by appropriate certification. The majority of certificates are issued through MPI's E-cert system.

What E-cert is

E-cert is the shortened name for Electronic Certification. E-cert is the web application MPI uses to issue government-to-government assurances for plant or animal products exported from New Zealand.

E-cert supports New Zealand’s international credibility and therefore is an important tool for the export sector.

Using E-cert

There are 2 E-cert systems for different kinds of food products. These are:

  • Animal Products E-cert (AP E-cert) – used for issuing export certificates for animal products including meat, seafood, game, poultry, eggs, pet food, bee products, hides, wool and skins, and dairy products
  • ePhyto – used for phytosanitary certificate for exports of plant products.

E-cert's role in exporting

The primary purpose of E-cert is to:

  • track the market eligibility and status of food products from the time they are produced until they are exported
  • approve and print export certificates.

About export certification

Most food products exported from New Zealand must be accompanied by an approved export certificate. Export certification is supported by MPI verification, which confirms the compliance of products and premises with New Zealand's and destination country requirements. An approved export certificate is provided to the appropriate border agency of the destination country – in either electronic and/or paper form – to facilitate border clearance into that country.

Electronic certification:

  • supports pre-certification verification checks, by keeping verification information in one place
  • improves the efficiency of the export certification process
  • reduces the total cost of verification and certification
  • significantly reduces the risk of errors
  • reduces the likelihood of fraud – because paper certificates can be fraudulently used, providing border authorities with access to E-cert means they can validate the certificates online
  • allows rapid response to changing market requirements
  • improves the quality and range of data from which government and industry can make strategic decisions.

Getting help with E-cert and export requirements

The regulatory requirements you need to meet to prepare your products for export depend on the type of product and the destination market. Learn about the export requirements for different food sectors:

Find out more about verification plans and programmes:

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