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MAF/Customs Declaration
Every person must complete a personal declaration that requires notification of quarantine risk items.

Masters Certificate
The Biosecurity Act 1993 requires that the Master complete this declaration of all meat onboard the vessel – including canned, frozen, dehydrated, vacuum packed and freeze-dried.

Fresh Provisions
Vegetables and fruit may not be landed. If utilised on board this will incur costs of daily quarantine incineration of all the waste.

Other Items Restricted by MAF:

  • Honey – must not be landed unless accompanied by appropriate documentation.
  • Eggs/egg cartons – must not be landed.
  • Stored cartons – will be inspected and assessed for potential risk.
  • Growing plants – may not be landed or retained on board.
  • Cycles, motorbikes, and sporting equipment – must be cleaned to the satisfaction of a Quarantine Officer before landing.
  • Unaccompanied items (baggage, stores or items intended for persons other than those onboard) – must be declared by the Master.
  • Animals – stringent requirements are necessary to keep New Zealand free of exotic diseases. Animals for which a quarantine clearance is sought must fulfill requirements that will be forwarded by MAF upon request. As these requirements are subject to change you should contact the MAF Quarantine Service prior to your departure for New Zealand.
  • CITES Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species – Quarantine Officers have responsibilities under the CITES to ensure that there are no restricted items amongst goods to be landed. Such items include: ivory, turtle shells, coral, whalebone, clamshells and animal skins.
  • Pesticides – The Quarantine Officer is required to inspect the vessel for the presence of pesticides, which must be registered in New Zealand.

Documentation Required
New Zealand Customs will require to see or complete the following:

  • Ship Registration Documents
  • Clearance from the previous port
  • Customs Inwards Report
  • Arrival Card (one for each person on board)
  • Valid Passport for each person on board
  • Border Cash Report Form
  • Temporary Import Entry
  • MAF Masters Certificate

Port Officials will direct your vessel to secure in designated anchorages or berths.

Once the entry formalities have been completed, the crew and vessel are free to travel throughout the country.

There is no need to inform any government department about the movement of the vessel or crew until departure.