Animal exports – recognised agencies and authorised or recognised persons

This page has contact details for people who verify you've met export requirements, and issue export certificates (including for animal welfare) for live animals and germplasm.

Getting animal exports certified and checked

If you are exporting live animals or animal germplasm, you may need:

Registered exporters can help

In most cases you’ll need to use the services of a registered exporter to arrange the export.

They will:

  • book an appropriate MPI office and a recognised agency, if needed
  • obtain the necessary export certificates and supporting documents.

Check the list of all registered exporters

Check the list of all registered pet exporters

Recognised agencies – AsureQuality and VeritAg

AsureQuality and VeritAg official veterinarians (recognised persons) can:

  • verify export requirements for live animals and germplasm
  • issue eligibility documents for animal species and germplasm.

They can’t sign official assurances or animal welfare export certificates (MPI export certificates).

VeritAg are not approved for live poultry exports, including day-old chicks and hatching eggs.

MPI authorised and recognised persons

MPI Verification Services official veterinarians are located at various locations around New Zealand.

They can:

  • issue official assurances (MPI export certificates) as authorised persons
  • verify export requirements as recognised persons, for cats, dogs, and other companion animals (this is normally done by AsureQuality or VeritAg for other species)
  • issue animal welfare export certificates and assess AWEC applications as authorised veterinarians under the Animal Welfare Act.

These services aren’t available for all types of animal and germplasm exports, at all offices. Contact our main offices in Auckland and Christchurch first, if you need to book MPI services in locations not listed below. 

MPI Verification Services official veterinarians

LocationEmailPhone Address
Auckland liveanimalsauckland@mpi.govt.nz 09 909 2706  17 Maurice Wilson Avenue 
Auckland Airport
PO Box 53030 
Auckland 2022
Christchurch liveanimalschristchurch@mpi.govt.nz 03 943 1777 14 Sir William Pickering Drive 
Harewood
PO Box 39 037
Christchurch
Wellington liveanimalswellington@mpi.govt.nz 04 894 0113

TSB Tower
149 Lambton Quay 
Wellington 6011

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