Requirement documents for importing horses

A list of requirement documents you need to meet when importing horses to New Zealand.

ALERT – 3 June 2020

Import Health Standard (IHS) for Equids is suspended

The IHS for Equids is suspended until further notice to allow time for a rapid risk assessment and consultation to be carried out for piroplasmosis, following recent identification of an infected horse in New Zealand. Trade in horses can continue under the IHS: Horses, HORANIIC.GEN which has amended testing requirements for piroplasmosis while the risk assessment and consultation on the IHS: Equids are undertaken.

Import health standard

The import health standard was issued in 2015.
To view the related guidance document and certificates click the '+' next to the import health standard.

The Import Health Standard: Equids and Import Health Standard: Semen and Embryos from Equids  do not yet have negotiated veterinary certificates for import. The country specific negotiated certificates under the Import Health Standard: Horses and Import Health Standard: Semen and Embryos from Horses (Equidae) are available for use until new veterinary certificates have been renegotiated with those countries.

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Horses - Import Health Standard
Import Health Standard (IHS)
Semen and Embryos from Equids - Import Health Standard
Import Health Standard (IHS)
Semen and Embryos from Horses (Equidae) - Import Health Standard
Import Health Standard (IHS)
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