Export requirements for live animals microchipping

Source: Ministry for Primary Industries

Closing Date:

Contact: Live animal export assurance team

Have your say

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is consulting on a single improvement to live animal export regulations under the Animal Products Act. The proposed update to the regulations will make it mandatory for all live horses to be microchipped prior to export. The consultation runs from 8 April to 6 May 2019.

What’s being proposed?

MPI is proposing to replace the current Animal Products (Export Requirements – Cats and Dogs) Notice 2012 with the updated Animal Products (Export Requirements for Live Animals Microchipping) 2019. The major changes from the previous notice include:

  • incorporating live horses into the scope of animals requiring microchipping prior to the issuing of an official assurance (Export Certificate)
  • requiring the exporter to retain the microchip information and have it readily available to reference for verification and certification purposes.

Full details are in the consultation documents.

Consultation documents

Legal Notice: Export Requirements for Live Animal Microchipping [PDF, 441 KB]

Consultation Document: Proposed amendments relating to live animal export microchipping [PDF, 365 KB]

Making your submission

Email your feedback on the draft documents by 5pm on 6 May 2019 to food.assurance@mipi.govt.nz

While we prefer email, you can post your submission to:

Amendments – Export Requirements for Live Animals Microchipping
Food and Live Animal Assurance Team (Level 11 TSB Tower)
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140
New Zealand.

Make sure you include the following information in your submission:

  • the title of the consultation document
  • your name and title
  • your organisation’s name (if you are submitting on behalf of an organisation, and whether your submission represents the whole organisation or a section of it)
  • your contact details (such as phone number, address, and email).

Submissions are public information

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