2017-11 - New Zealand: changes to certification for products exported to New Zealand

Date of issue: 8 December 2017
Date of effect: Immediate


  • Industries—Seafood
  • Seafood Export Consultative Committee
  • Seafood Trade Advisory Group
  • Export establishments
  • Licensed exporters
  • Department of Agriculture and Water Resources—Central and Regional offices


To notify exporters and industry that the department is undertaking a trial of a new electronic certification system for products exported to New Zealand including dairy, fish, meat, wool, skins and hides.

Summary of key points

  • The department is undertaking a trial of electronic certification for dairy, fish, meat, wool, skins and hide products exported to New Zealand.
  • At this time, there will be no change to the current process for exporters, except that electronic certification will be issued in addition to paper certificates.
  • Following a successful trial it is expected that certification for these products to New Zealand will move to an electronic-only system in 2018.
  • This development come from a push from both the department and New Zealand to move towards electronic certification of agricultural exports.  

Further information

Contact Exports if you have any queries.

The information provided in this advice is current at the time of writing and is intended for use as guidance only and should not be taken as definitive or exhaustive. The Commonwealth endeavours to keep information current and accurate, however, it may be subject to change without notice. Exporters are encouraged to verify these details with their importers prior to undertaking production/exports. The Commonwealth will not accept liability for any loss resulting from reliance on information contained in this notice.

Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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