Livestock import

An import facility must be registered in the NAIT system as a NAIT location and will be issued a NAIT number. The PICA at the import facility must tag and register all animals received at the facility. When registering the animals, you'll need the:

  • import date
  • country of origin.

If you're sending animals from an import facility, you must record a sending movement in the NAIT online system.

Livestock export

Quarantine and exporting facilities must be registered in the NAIT system as a NAIT location and will be issued a NAIT number. Movements to a quarantine block or export facility are to be recorded as normal.

In the case of a live export, you are exempt from making an animal exit declaration (required usually on death, loss or export) at the farm or transitional facility if a number of conditions are met and included in a declaration.

A transitional facility is:

  • any place approved as a transitional facility in accordance with section 39 of the Biosecurity Act 1993 for the purpose of inspection, storage, treatment, quarantine, holding, or destruction of uncleared goods, or
  • a part of a port declared to be a transitional facility in accordance with section 39 of the Biosecurity Act 1993.

The declaration must be made:

  • at the port of export
  • to the NAIT organisation
  • before the animal leaves NZ.

The declaration must contain:

  • the NAIT number at the port of export
  • the fact the animal is exported live
  • the RFID number of the NAIT device fitted to the animal
  • the country to which the animal is being exported
  • the date on which the animal is exported.

The PICA at the animal’s final point in New Zealand is required to update the animal’s status to "exported". This is done in the NAIT system as a normal animal update.