Taking home your trophy or hide from New Zealand

Import requirements vary between countries so before you export you’ll need to contact your local quarantine office. Discuss with them your intentions to import trophies or hides from New Zealand and they will be able provide you with the import requirements and tell you what documentation is required from New Zealand. Some countries require the trophies to have been processed in approved premises before they can be imported, for example the EU. Other countries have particular processing requirements that have to be certified.

In most cases all you will need is an export health certificate stating New Zealand as the country of origin for the trophies and hides. MPI Verification Services is able to provide this certificate.

Some countries also require a CITES certificate which states that the animal you have sourced the trophy/hide from is not an endangered species listed with the Convention for International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). CITES certificates are issued by the Department of Conservation (DOC) and can be found at the following link:

http://www.doc.govt.nz/about-doc/role/international/endangered-species/permits/cites-application-form/ (External website)

What information do I need?

Prior to arrival in New Zealand, email the Verification Services office in the region closest to your departing airport (email addresses below). Outline in your email what you want take home, the country you are going back to, the arrival and departure dates and airport you’re flying out of. Also outline what paperwork your local quarantine office requires for importation and provide a copy of the import permit if applicable. The Verification Services office will send you an application form to complete.

Once the form is completed and submitted back to Verification Services, they will be able to issue you with an export health certificate. If time is going to be tight when leaving the country, you can submit this form in advance and then confirm by phone what trophies you are taking once you have returned from the hunt, before you get to the Verification Services office. The certificate can then be made ready to pick up so there is no wait; you will need to present the original signed form when you come to collect the completed certificate. The export health certificate will need to be picked up from the Verification Services office which is located near the Auckland or Christchurch airport. It may be possible to pick up the certificate from another airport but advanced warning is required to arrange this. Please note that there is an administration fee (cash only) for each certificate issued.

Auckland MPI Verification Services: aucklandcertification@mpi.govt.nz

Christchurch MPI Verification Services: certs.chch@mpi.govt.nz