Notice to Industry 15: Pregnancy status of mares/jennies at the time of export to Australia

Australian import conditions for horses, donkeys and mules

The import conditions for horses, donkeys and mules are as follows:

  • For horses imported from the northern hemisphere, and by sea from New Caledonia, the import conditions state:
    1. The said horse is not pregnant; or
    2. The said horse is less than 7 months pregnant

This import condition is met if the last date of service of the mare/jenny is not more than 211 days before date of export.

  • For horses imported from New Zealand, the import conditions state:
    1. In the case of a mare, the horse(s) is not more than three hundred (300) days pregnant at the time of export.

This import condition is consistent with both the World Organisation for Animal Health (Chapter 7.4 Transport of Animals by Air) and the International Air Transport Association.

Policy

Australia’s import conditions relating to pregnancy for horses imported from New Zealand is consistent with the World Organisation for Animal Health (Chapter 7.4 Transport of animals by air) and the International Air Transport Association.

Any variations to import conditions are assessed for biosecurity equivalency to the import conditions. On that basis, as pregnancy is not related to biosecurity, the department will not be granting variations to New Zealand import permits to carry mares/jennies greater than 300 days pregnant at the time of export.

Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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