International restrictions & prohibitions

Forbidden items

Any items listed as 'Forbidden' in the current IATA list of Dangerous Goods Regulations and applicable addenda.

Small recreational vehicles

Small recreational vehicles powered by lithium batteries that are also known as hoverboards, rideables, airwheel, solowheel, mini Segway, or balance wheel, etc.

Somalia, Yemen, Egypt, Syria or Bangladesh

Goods that have originated/transited/transferred in or through Somalia, Yemen, Egypt, Syria or Bangladesh.

Wild animals & plants

Any species of wild animal or plants as listed in appendices I, II, or III of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) without the applicable permits.

Shark or dolphin products

Shark or dolphin products or by-products (other than shark meat for human consumption caught under the New Zealand commercial fisheries quota management system) is prohibited from carriage on Air New Zealand national or international services even if the shipper is holding a Cites certificate.


Whale meat, derivatives and products, and whale hunting equipment and/or supplies.

Hunting trophies

Lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo hunting trophies.


The following breeds of canines (including semen and embryos):

  • American Pit Bull Terrier
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Brazilian Fila

There are also some restrictions for Brachycephalic breeds. Please refer to international pet services.

Air New Zealand cargo does not accept racing greyhounds for travel on services to or from Europe and Asia.

If a greyhound is a domesticated family pet (not for racing or breeding purposes), a request can be made to the Cargo Management team for consideration through your local Air New Zealand office. Evidence must be supplied confirming the animal has been a domesticated family pet for 12 months minimum. The request will be assessed and approvals given once the Cargo Management team are satisfied the animal is not for commercial gain.