New Zealand – Export requirements for fish and seafood

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Eligible/Ineligible product


  • All fish and seafood products except for trout and trout products
  • Commercially packaged (non-trout) salmonids exported to New Zealand must be for direct retail sale and human consumption and require no further packaging and/or processing prior to retail sale or use in institutional trade.


  • The importation of trout and trout products for commercial use is prohibited.
  • Prohibition of trout and trout products includes, but is not limited to the following trout species, either dead or alive, any product containing, or any hybrid of the following fish:
    • Brown trout (Salmo trutta)
    • Rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss)
    • American brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis)
    • Lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush)
    • Cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarki)
    • Golden trout (Oncorhynchus aguabonita)
    • Gila trout (Oncorhynchus gilae)
    • Apache trout (Oncorhynchus apache)
    • Mexican trout (Oncorhynchus chyrsogaster)

Pre-export approvals by the competent authority of the importing country

Permit to import

  • Certain products require a Permit to Import, which is issued by the government of New Zealand. A Permit to Import will be granted on a single consignment basis only.
  • Commercially packaged (non-trout) salmonids do not require an import permit but they must have a CFIA certificate and must be eligible for biosecurity clearance at the New Zealand border.
  • The importation of salmonid products in bulk form (product which is intended to be further processed and/or packaged in New Zealand prior to retail sale or use in the institutional trade), requires a Permit to Import issued by the New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries.
  • See details on the importation of salmonids into New Zealand.

Product specifications

Maximum levels for chemical contaminants

  • Mercury (total): 0.5 ppm
  • Arsenic 1:0 ppm
  • Lead: 2.0 ppm
  • Fluorine: 10.0 ppm
  • Zinc: 40.0 ppm
  • Selenium: 2.0 ppm
  • Cadmium: 1.0 ppm
  • Tin: 150.0 ppm
  • Antimony: 1.0 ppm
  • Copper: 30.0 ppm

These contaminant levels apply to fish and fish products on a fresh weight basis.

Current applicable guidelines, standards and restrictions that can be applied to Canadian fish and fish products may be found in the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries website.

Documentation requirements


  1. For salmonids (non-trout):

    Aquatic Animal Health and Sanitary Certificate for the Export of Eviscerated (non-trout) Salmonid Products for Human Consumption from Canada to New Zealand (AQAH 1067)

  2. For all other fish and seafood products (non-trout):

    Certificate of Origin and Hygiene (CFIA/ACIA 5003)

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