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Importing avian hatching eggs

There are strict biosecurity measures and testing procedures for avian hatching eggs imported into New Zealand. MPI helps importers meet these requirements, to prevent the introduction of pests and diseases.

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Avian influenza outbreaks

Important information was issued on 20 December 2017 about recent avian influenza outbreaks in some countries.

The following import health standard is affected:

Importer responsibilities

The increasing volume of trade and travel is placing extra pressure on our biosecurity systems. New pests and diseases can affect human health and damage New Zealand's agriculture or horticultural production, forestry, and tourism, making it more difficult to trade in international markets. Importers are among the most important people in defending against potential biosecurity risks.

Who to contact

If you have questions about importing avian hatching eggs, email