Introduction

Learn about the documentation you need to import or export hunting trophies.

View the species commonly imported and exported to/from New Zealand and the documentation required for each.

Certificates of Export are documents issued by the Department of Conservation (DOC) that provide assurance that the species listed below are not protected under New Zealand legislation.

DOC is making a change to the service provided to businesses and individuals exporting hunting trophies and other animal products. 

Certificates of Export are being phased out and replaced by a letter from the Director-General of DOC. This letter will assure border authorities, in importing countries, the item being exported is not listed as a protected species by CITES – Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. 

Get more information on this change.

These documents are not required for export from New Zealand. However, many importing countries ask for documentation to provide this assurance. Certificates of Export requests should be sent to chchcerts@doc.govt.nz

Common exports

Species

Common Name

Certificates of Export

Cervus elaphus nelsoni

Wapiti

Y

Cervus elaphus scoticus

Red Deer

Y

Cervus nippon

Sika Deer

Y

Cervus timorensis

Rusa Deer

Y

Cervus unicolor

Sambar

Y

Dama dama

Fallow Deer

Y

Hemitragus jemlahicus

Himalayan Tahr

Y

Odocoileus virginianus

White-tailed Deer

Y

Rupricapra rupricapra

Chamois

Y

The importation of trophy specimens which are considered endangered and threatened by trade and afforded protection under CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) will require CITES documentation for legal entry into New Zealand.

Permitting requirements depend on the level of risk to the species from trade and on which Appendix they are listed under the Convention. A summary of the most commonly imported specied are listed below. 

Common imports

Species

Common name

CITES*

Alcelaphus buselaphus

Hartebeest

n/a

Ammotragus lervia

Aoudad / Barbery Sheep

App. II

Antidorcas marsupialis

Springbok

n/a

Capra aegagrus aegagrus

Bezoar Ibex

n/a

Capra pyrenaica victoriae

Gredos Ibex

n/a

Cephalophus rufilatus

Red-flanked Duiker

n/a

Cephalophus silvicultor

Yellow-backed Duiker

n/a

Colobus spp.

Colobus Monkeys

App. II

Damaliscus pygargus phillipsi

Blesbok

n/a

Equus africanus

African Wild Ass

App. I

Equus hemionus
E. hemionus hemionus
E. hemionus khur

Onager
Mongolian Wild Ass
Indian Wild Ass

App. II
App. I
App. I

Equus grevyi

Grevy’s Zebra

App. I

Equus kiang

Kiang

App. II

Equus przewalskii

Przewalski’s Horse

App. I

Equus quagga burchellii

Burchell’s Zebra

n/a

Equus zebra hartmanni

Hartmann’s Zebra

App. II

Equus zebra zebra

Cape Mountain Zebra

App. I

Hippotragus equinus

Roan

n/a

Hippotragus niger variani

Sable

App. I

Hylochoerus meinertzhageni

Giant Forest Hog

n/a

Kobus ellipsiprymnus

Waterbuck

n/a

Kobus kob

Kob

n/a

Kobus leche

Lechwe

App. II

Litocranius walleri

Gerenuk

n/a

Loxodonta africana
- specimens from Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe

African Elephant

App. I
App. II

Madoqua spp.

Dik-diks

n/a

Monodon monoceros

Narwhal

App. II

Nanger dama

Addra/Dama Gazelle

App. I

Nanger granti

Grant’s Gazelle

n/a

Oreotragus oreotragus

Klipspringer

n/a

Oryx dammah

Scimitar-horned Oryx

App. I

Oryx leucoryx

Arabian Oryx

App. I

Ourebia ourebi

Oribi

n/a

Panthera pardus

Leopard

App. I

Papio spp.

Baboons

App. II

Phacochoerus africanus

Warthog

n/a

Philantomba monticola

Blue Duiker

App. II

Potamochoerus larvatus

Bushpig

n/a

Potamochoerus porcus

Red River Hog

n/a

Puma concolor

Cougar

App. II

P. concolor coryi
P. concolor costaricensis
P. concolor couguar

Florida Panther
Costa Rican Cougar
North American Cougar

 

App. I

Redunca fulvorufula

Mountain Reedbuck

n/a

Sylvicapra grimmia (and subspecies)

Common Duiker / Western Bush Duiker

n/a

Syncerus caffer

African/Cape Buffalo

n/a

Taurotragus oryx

Eland

n/a

Tragelaphus buxtoni

Mountain Nyala

n/a

Tragelaphus eurycerus

Bongo

n/a

Tragelaphus imberbis

Lesser Kudu

n/a

Tragelaphus scriptus

(Harnessed) Bushbuck / Kewel

n/a

Tragelaphus spekii

Sitatunga

n/a

Tragelaphus strepsiceros

Greater Kudu

n/a

Tragelaphus sylvaticus

Bushbuck/ Imbabala

n/a

Ursus arctos
- Specimens from Bhutan, China, Mongolia, Mexico

Brown/Grizzly Bear

App. II
App. I

*Appendix I = import permit from destination country and export permit from country of export
 Appendix II = export/re-export permit from country of export

Contact your local CITES Officer for further information on species listed under CITES and permitting requirements.

DOC contacts 

The CITES email address for all offices is cites@doc.govt.nz

Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland Office
Phone:   +64 9 307 9279
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   auckland@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Bledisloe House
Level 7
24 Wellesley Street West
Auckland 1010
Postal Address:   Private Bag 68908
Wellesley Street
Auckland 1141
Whare Kaupapa Atawhai / Conservation House Head Office
Phone:   +64 4 471 0726
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   enquiries@doc.govt.nz
Address:   18 Manners Street
Wellington 6011
Postal Address:   PO Box 10420
Wellington 6143
Ōtautahi / Christchurch Office
Phone:   +64 3 371 3700
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   esienquiries@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Level 3
Grand Central
161 Cashel Street
Christchurch 8011
Postal Address:   Private Bag 4715
Christchurch Mail Centre
Christchurch 8140
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