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New Zealand


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Notice: If you have any questions or concerns regarding the procedures and requirements for exporting animals, you should contact the VS Field Office covering the area from which the animal will be exported, the area in which your office is located.


This country allows USDA Accredited Veterinarians to use USDA’s online Veterinary Export Health Certification System (VEHCS) to complete health certificates.

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USDA Accredited Veterinarian Signature Electronic Signature Accepted
USDA APHIS Veterinary Medical Officer Signature Digital Endorsement NOT Acccepted
The health certificate bears the original ink signature and embossed seal
Before going to VEHCS: Scroll below this banner to view animal-specific requirements.

To process some health certificates, VEHCS may need the USDA Accredited Veterinarian to upload the completed fillable PDF version found below. Either save a copy of the PDF below, or return to this page for the health certificate, if prompted by VEHCS.
USDA Accredited Veterinarians, log in here if you wish to use VEHCS.
USDA Accredited Veterinarians, help with using VEHCS is available on the VEHCS Help Page. To walk yourself through issuing a health certificate in VEHCS, click here.
NOTE:The printed paper endorsed health certificate must accompany each shipment. You can arrange to have your endorsed health certificate returned via pick-up or by mail (a pre-paid, pre-addressed return label must be provided during certificate submission).

The most current protocols for exporting animals, semen and embryos to New Zealand are available on Biosecurity New Zealand's Import Health Standards Search website. 

At the search page, enter the following information in the appropriate fields:

  • Commodity Name - use appropriate name (i.e., dog, cat, bovine embryos, bovine semen, horse, etc.)
  • From Country - select "United States of America"
  • Select the button "Search" and the database will retrieve the information requested.

Equine

Note: To be issued by accredited veterinarian or APHIS official within 24 hours or at the time of embarkation from the pre-export isolation facility (APHIS endorsement not required)

Aquactic Animals

APHIS Registered Aquaculture Export Facility approval is required for freshwater prawns from Hawaii, marine invertebrates, ornamental fish, and sand tiger sharks. 

Protocols available on New Zealand's Import Health Standards Search website for export from the United States to New Zealand:

  • Antarctic Fish
  • Freshwater Prawns from Hawaii
  • Invertebrates
  • Ornamental Fish
  • Sand Tiger Sharks

Pets

Visit the APHIS Pet Travel Website for information about exporting your pets.

For species not listed, the requirements are not known. However, exporters wanting to ship livestock whose requirements are not listed above, should have the interested party (importer/buyer) in the country of destination apply for an Import Permit at the appropriate ministry. This Import Permit will most likely outline the specific requirements.



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