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Importing hides and skins

Hides and skins may need to meet strict biosecurity requirements to enter New Zealand – requirements can vary for each item. MPI sets standards for animal products coming to New Zealand to prevent unwanted diseases, pests, and animals from entering the country.

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Types of hides and skins for import

Certain types of hides and skins are eligible for importation into New Zealand:

  • fully tanned hides and skins
  • processed hides and skins
  • salted or dried hides and skins
  • casualty skins – like those from lambs that may have died from natural causes
  • macropod (kangaroo and wallaby) hides and skins from Australia only.

Who to contact

If you have questions about importing hides and skins, email