What this import process covers
VTAs are used to control or kill animals like possums, rabbits, and rodents. They do not include non-toxic substances used to repel or attract animals.
To import vertebrate toxic agents successfully you need to know:
- if the product is registered under the Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines (ACVM) Act
- if there are requirements that must be met under other legislation, such as the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (HSNO) Act 1996
- what forms to fill out
- other government agency regulations.
Buying products from overseas or online
Only VTA products that are registered for use in New Zealand can be imported.
Registered products must show the ACVM registration number on the label in one of the following ways:
- "Registered pursuant to the ACVM Act 1997, No. ...." (number)
- "ACVM Registration No. ...." (number)
- "ACVM No. ...." (number).
All products are inspected at the border and if import requirements are not met, products are confiscated and destroyed by MPI, or returned to the sender at your expense.
Check with other agencies
Check with other agencies before you start importing. They may have extra restrictions or requirements to MPI.
You should check with the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) when importing hazardous substances: