Types of biological products
This import process is for all non-viable (dead) biological products including samples (either animal, plant or microbial derived), like:
- non-viable dairy, meat, and skin samples
- commercially manufactured and packaged products such as effluent biodegraders containing enzymes
- laboratory reagents including proteins, antigens, and sera
- preserved animal specimens
- veterinary medicines and supplements.
When can biological products be imported?
Biological animal and plant products can be imported:
- for laboratory research and diagnostic and analytical purposes (including equipment calibration and method validation)
- as product samples for evaluation or testing (but not for microbial enrichment or isolation)
- for environmental use
- to use in or on humans (does not apply to medicines and implants)
- for veterinary or horticultural use.
Biosecurity assessments for ACVM products
Some Agricultural Compound and Veterinary Medicine (ACVM) products will need a biosecurity assessment.
To successfully import biological animal and plant products you need to:
- read the import health standard (IHS) and guidance document
- apply for a permit at least 6 weeks before your items arrive in New Zealand
- identify the risk status of your biological products
- complete the declaration of potential risk goods form (when importing from a catalogue or list of products)
- be aware of extra requirements under the Agricultural Compound and Veterinary Medicines (ACVM) Act, if applicable
- know about the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)
- follow requirements set by other government agencies like the New Zealand Customs Service (NZ Customs)
- meet all of the post-arrival quarantine needs and IHS requirements
- know about relevant fees and charges.
Processes for importing products, organisms, or animals related to biological products are set out elsewhere on this website. Follow these steps if you're importing: