Pacific style, hand-woven, or tapa cloth mats

Check the biosecurity requirements if you want to bring Pacific style, hand-woven, or tapa cloth mats into New Zealand.

Before you leave

Due to the nature of the materials used in Pacific-style mats, they can easily carry unwanted pests and seeds.

You will need to properly clean and check your mat for insects or seeds before packing to come to New Zealand. Declare Pacific-style mats on your Passenger Arrival Card, so they can be inspected on arrival.

Can your mat be inspected or treated before you travel?

Yes. But an overseas inspection or treatment provider will need to provide a phytosanitary certificate that details the item and inspection or treatment undertaken.

About treatment

Treatment may be required by the exporting country prior to importing mats into New Zealand. For mats requiring treatment prior to export, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) recommends fumigation with methyl bromide at 32 g/m3 for 24 hours at 21°C and above at normal atmospheric pressure.

If any live insects, seeds or other biosecurity risk items are found during your mat inspection in New Zealand, the mat will be sent away for treatment. You will be charged for treatment costs.

Expect to be delayed while your mats are inspected

You may be delayed when bringing a Pacific-style mat to New Zealand due to the time taken to inspect.

Find out more

Dried and Preserved Plant Material, and Fresh Plant Material for Testing, Analysis or Research - Import Health Standard [PDF, 455 KB]

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