Importing ornamental animal products

Ornamental animal products need to meet strict biosecurity requirements to enter New Zealand. The requirements for different items can vary. MPI sets import health standards for animal products, to prevent unwanted diseases, pests, and animals coming to New Zealand.

Your step-by-step guide to importing ornamental animal products.

Visit the Department of Conservation website to find out about the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

Types of ornamental animal products

Items that are eligible for import but may need to be inspected and/or treated on arrival include:

  • blown eggs – professionally prepared or sealed in display cases
  • dead and dry coral
  • fly-tying material containing animal skin or hair
  • game trophy hides and skins, including dried and salted mammalian trophies
  • unmounted game trophies
  • any items manufactured from horn, bone, beak, tusk, and tooth
  • marine ornaments such as shells
  • rawhide items and handicrafts such as drums, hunting shields, and other cultural items used for performance or decoration
  • game trophies, animals, small birds, and animal skins prepared and finished by a professional taxidermist.

Who to contact

If you have questions about importing ornamental animal products, email

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