Requirement documents for importing farm animals
A list of requirement documents you need to meet when importing farm animals.
7 August 2017: The IHS for buffalo and cattle from Australia suspended
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has suspended the Import Health Standard: Buffalo and Cattle from Australia (bovanic.aus) that allows for the importation of live cattle from Australia. The suspension is precautionary. MPI has no evidence that live cattle were the source of the Mycoplasma bovis situation and is still investigating the source. However, live cattle are recognised to present the greatest risk for introduction of Mycoplasma bovis internationally. The suspension means that there will be no live cattle imports allowed from Australia until further notice. The suspension will remain in force while the ministry reviews current science and the requirements in the standard with regards to Mycoplasma bovis. There have been advances in testing technology and also the understanding of Mycoplasma bovis since the rules were set. MPI wants to ensure the most appropriate measures are in place to address this risk going forward.
30 January 2019: No imports of alpacas and llamas from Australia and the USA
While Australia and the USA are approved countries for the importation of alpacas and llamas, there are currently no approved tests for Q fever. Until a validated test for Q fever in camelids has been approved by MPI, no imports of alpacas or llamas into New Zealand are possible.
Import health standards
keywords: camaniic.gen, camelids, lamoids, ruminants
keywords: bovaniic.aus, bovine, bull, ruminants, live, cow, bubalus bualis
keywords: deeaniic.aus, cervine, ruminant
keywords: goaaniic.aus, caprine, ruminants
Code of welfare for transporting animals within NZ
- Fitness for transport guidance poster [PDF, 2447 KB]
- Fitness for transport guidance brochure [PDF, 1653 KB]
- Transport within New Zealand – Review of Submissions and Update – Animal Welfare Code of Welfare 2011 [PDF, 96 KB]
- Code of Recommendations and Minimum Standards for the Sea Transport of Sheep from New Zealand [PDF, 38 KB]
Anyone who is organising or is responsible for animals being transported must be aware of the following codes of welfare and comply with the minimum standards in the codes and the general provisions of the <a href="http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1999/0142/latest/DLM49664.html">Animal Welfare Act 1999.</a>
This code sets out the responsibilities of all persons undertaking the transport of all live animals within New Zealand in all forms of conveyance whether on land, in domestic airspace or New Zealand territorial and inland waters (including shipping to and from the Chatham Islands).
This code applies to all live animals (terrestrial and aquatic) being transported within New Zealand in all forms of conveyance. The code does not apply to the export of animals from New Zealand.
- Transport within New Zealand – Animal Welfare Code of Welfare [PDF, 487 KB]
- Circuses - Animal Welfare Codes of Welfare [PDF, 358 KB]