Trade in Endangered Species Act 1989

Version as at 28 October 2021

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Trade in Endangered Species Act 1989

Public Act
1989 No 18
Date of assent
28 April 1989
see section 1(2)

The Parliamentary Counsel Office has made editorial and format changes to this version using the powers under subpart 2 of Part 3 of the Legislation Act 2019.

Note 4 at the end of this version provides a list of the amendments included in it.

This Act is administered by the Department of Conservation.


1Short Title and commencement
2Object of Act
4Act to bind the Crown
5No derogation from other enactments
6Administration of Act
7Scientific authorities
8Minister’s general powers
9Trade in endangered, threatened, or exploited species
10Application for permit or certificate
11Grant of permits and certificates
12Appeals to District Court on question of law
13Permit to export endangered species
14Permit to import endangered species
15Certificate to re-export endangered species
16Certificate to introduce from the sea endangered species
17Permit to export threatened species
18Permit to import threatened species
19Certificate to re-export threatened species
20Certificate to introduce from the sea threatened species
21Permit to export exploited species
22Permit to import exploited species
23Certificate to re-export exploited species
24Certificate to introduce from the sea exploited species
25Effect of permits and certificates
26Permit or certificate to be produced
27Control of arrivals from overseas
28Disposal and release of specimens seized from arrivals from overseas
29Certificate of acquisition
30Endangered species as personal or household effects
31Certificate for specimens bred in captivity or artificially propagated
32Scientific transfer
33Travelling circus or exhibition
34Certificate of capture in accordance with other treaties
35Endangered Species Officers
36Authority to act as officer
36APower of arrest
37Rights of entry
38Powers of search
38AAPower to require information
38AApplication of Customs and Excise Act 2018
39Seizure of endangered species traded in contravention of Act
39APower to seize vehicles and containers
39BDirector-General to retain seized vehicles and containers
39CProceedings to be prosecuted promptly and diligently
39DForfeiture of seized vehicles and containers
39EPower of court to order return of seized vehicle or container
39FEffect of order for release of seized vehicle or container
40Custody of seized specimens
41Release of seized specimens
42Disposal of seized specimens
43Duty of officers and employees of postal operators
43ATaking and analysis of samples of specimens
44Trading in endangered, threatened, or exploited species without permit or certificate
45Possession of specimens of endangered, threatened, or exploited species
46Failure to comply with conditions of permit or certificate
47Making false statements
48Obstructing or hindering officer and refusing to give information
49General offence
50Onus of proof in respect of certain offences
50AInfringement offences
50BRelationship between infringement offences and other offences
50CProceedings for infringement offences
50DWho may issue infringement notices
50EInfringement notices
50FReminder notices
50GAccelerated procedure for border infringement offences
50HPayment of infringement fees
50IPenalties for infringement offences
51Forfeiture of property
52Protection of officers and others
55Consequential amendment

An Act to further the protection and conservation of endangered species of wild fauna and flora by regulating the export and import of such species and any product derived from those species