Steps to importing hides and skins

To import hides and skins into New Zealand there are special procedures to help reduce any biosecurity risks. We've created a step-by-step process so you can see what's involved.

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What you need to know

An overview of importing hides and skins from start to finish.

To successfully import hides and skins you need to:

  • read the import health standard (IHS) and meet the requirements
  • complete the manufacturer's declaration, if required
  • get a veterinary certificate from the country of origin, if required
  • apply for a permit, if required
  • comply with on-arrival inspections.

Related import processes

Processes for importing products related to hides and skins are elsewhere on the website. Follow these steps if you're importing:

Are you using wood packaging?

If your consignment is shipped to New Zealand on wooden pallets, or wood has been used to package any part of your consignment, you'll also need to comply with requirements for importing wood packaging.

What you need to do

The tasks you need to complete to import hides and skins.

Comply with import health standard requirements

The import health standard (IHS) for your product will tell you what you need to do to import it into New Zealand. Read it thoroughly to make sure you can comply with all the requirements.

Download the Import Health Standard for Hides and Skins [PDF, 298 KB]

Read the guidance document

An MPI guidance document will help you meet the IHS requirements for importing hides and skins.

Download the guidance document for importing hides and skins [PDF, 296 KB]

Inside the guidance document you'll find a model:

  • manufacturer's declaration
  • veterinary certificate.

The veterinary certificate tells you the treatments and health certification your products may need before coming to New Zealand.

Get a veterinary certificate, if required

You may need to get a veterinary certificate filled out and signed and stamped by an official veterinarian from the country of export.

Refer to the IHS for more information about your type of hides and skins.

The model veterinary certificate you should use is in the guidance document.

Get a manufacturer's declaration, if required

You may need to get a completed manufacturer's declaration if you're importing hides and skins such as:

  • processed hides and skins
  • salted or dried hides and skins
  • casualty skins
  • macropod (kangaroo and wallaby) hides and skins.

Refer to the IHS for more information about your type of hides and skins.

The model manufacturer's declaration is found in the guidance document.

Apply for a permit, if required

You may need to apply for a permit for certain types of hides and skins that you want to import.

The IHS and guidance document will tell you if you need to apply for a permit.

Download the permit to import animal products:

Prepare documentation for your hides and skins

The IHS tells you what documentation you'll need to accompany your hides and skins on arrival in New Zealand.  Documents may include:

  • a veterinary certificate
  • a manufacturer's declaration
  • a copy of your import permit.
Getting your import documentation

How you know you've met MPI requirements.

Your consignment is eligible for biosecurity clearance when:

  • all the necessary documentation is complete 
  • MPI is satisfied that the entry conditions of the import health standard have been met.

Your consignment will be authorised to be moved to a transitional facility listed on your permit if it needs further processing.

For hides and skins that do not meet the requirements of the import health standard, the items will either require further treatment, be reshipped, or be destroyed.

Who to contact

If you have questions about importing hides and skins, email

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