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

On 9 January 2020 some CITES Appendix listings changed for New Zealand. Species such as giraffe and mako shark will require permits, while others such as musical instruments containing Appendix II listed rosewood won't.

Exporters and importers should note other countries will also change their requirements and these may come into effect at different times to New Zealand’s changes.

If you intend to travel with or commercially trade in CITES listed species included in the updated listings, contact the CITES Authority in both the country of export and import to ensure you know the requirements that will apply at the time.

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

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. 

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

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.


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


Send your application forms to the local DOC CITES Officer:

DOC CITES Officer - Auckland
Phone: +64 9 307 9279
Private Bag 68908
New ton, Auckland 1145

DOC CITES Officer – Wellington
Phone: +64 4 496 1096
PO Box 10420
Wellington 6143

DOC CITES Officer – Christchurch
Phone: +64 3 371 3700
Private Bag 4715 Christchurch
Mail Centre Christchurch 8140


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