Introduction

Find out about CITES permit requirements for endangered species, special cases and application forms for New Zealand.

Permit requirements

This table shows permit requirements for importing and exporting CITES-listed species. To find out on which Appendix/Schedule your species is listed, check the CITES Appendices.

Original CITES permits/certificates (photocopies are not acceptable) must accompany CITES specimens and be produced on arrival to border officials to enable entry clearance into New Zealand.

 

Importing into New Zealand

Exporting to another country

Appendix I/ Schedule 1

Import permit from DOC and

Export/re-export permit from country of export

Import permit from country of destination
and

Export/re-export permit from DOC

Appendix II/ Schedule 2

Export/re-export permit from country of export

Export/re-export permit from DOC

Appendix III/ Schedule 3

Export permit or certificate of origin from country of export (commercial purposes only)

Export permit or certificate of origin from DOC

Check the FAQ page for more information.

Special cases

These are special permitting cases that exist under CITES. More information about these special cases can be obtained from your local CITES authority. 

Personal effects exemption: Applies in limited situations for New Zealand acquired specimens. 

Scientific exchange exemption: Applies in limited situations. Importing and exporting institutes must be registered with CITES Management Authority. Only certain scientific specimens qualify. 
 
Hunting trophies: Regular permitting applies. Some species have export quotas. Copies of hunting licenses and other documents may be required

Application form for New Zealand CITES permits 

In New Zealand, CITES permits and certificates are issued under the Trade In Endangered Species Act (TIES Act).
 
To obtain a New Zealand CITES permit or certificate, complete and send this application form and the required fee to the appropriate DOC office - contacts are below. 

New Zealand CITES permit (TIES Act) application form (Word, 104K) | New Zealand CITES permit (TIES Act) application form (PDF, 119K)

Allow 20 working days for the application to be assessed and processed, from receipt of completed, original application.

If you wish to apply for a certificate authorising the multiple export of artificially propagated plants contact DOC and the relevant application form will be sent to you.

Permit fees

Permits will not be issued without payment being received. Payment can be made by cheque or via online banking. Cheques are payable to "Department of Conservation".

In some cases, other permits and fees may apply in addition to CITES permit requirements. Contact the local CITES Officer to check.

Permit

Fee
Regular import/export permit $80
Permit authorising export of live parrots bred in captivity $600
Second or subsequent permit for export of live parrots bred in captivity $260
Certificate authorising the re-export of live parrots $260
Fee for the grant of a certificate authorising the multiple export of artificially propagated plants $420

Contacts

Send your application forms to the local DOC CITES Officer:

DOC CITES Officer - Auckland
Phone: +64 9 307 9279
Email: cites@doc.govt.nz
Private Bag 68908
New ton, Auckland 1145

DOC CITES Officer – Wellington
Phone: +64 4 496 1096
Email: cites@doc.govt.nz
PO Box 10420
Wellington 6143

DOC CITES Officer – Christchurch
Phone: +64 3 371 3739
Email: cites@doc.govt.nz
Private Bag 4715 Christchurch
Mail Centre Christchurch 8140

 

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