Good morning all NZ Registered Pet Exporters,

We truly hope that you have been keeping safe and well over the last few weeks in this particularly challenging and uncertain environment.

We have recently received the following official messages around pet transporters:

At Level 3 travel between regions is allowed for essential personal movement only e.g. those travelling to do essential work or travelling for medical reasons. All other travel is not allowed. However, there are no restrictions on freight. All freight can be distributed and received – including animals. A professional pet transport service can transport your pet as freight if it can operate safely, including pick-up and drop-off without physical contact with customers.

Whilst this message clearly relates to domestic transport, it does also apply to any international transport that may be possible.

For more primary sector specific information please visit our MPI website.  Information is being added here all the time.  This will include information to help non-essential businesses establish ‘safe operations’ under Alert Level 3, as well as updated information for essential businesses who have been operating under Alert Level 4.

Additionally, we have attached a pdf copy of MPI guidance on COVID-19 safety requirements for primary industry businesses at Alert Levels 4 and 3 for your further information.

These guidelines provide primary industry businesses with the minimum requirements that should be put in place to minimise the risk of transmission of COVID-19 when New Zealand is at COVID-19 Alert Level 4 and Level 3.

Further info is available on the Unite Against COVID-19 website. 

Kindest regards


Megan McCarthy VHA RVN (UK) | Adviser, (Exports), Animal Trade Team
Animal Health & Welfare Directorate | Agriculture & Investment services – Tapuwae Ahuwhenua
Ministry for Primary Industries - Manatū Ahu Matua | Charles Fergusson Building | 34-38 Bowen Street | PO Box 2526 | Wellington | New Zealand
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