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Draft IHS for Fresh Onions (Allium cepa L.) from the People’s Republic of China

The New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) must consult with interested parties before issuing or amending (other than of a minor nature) import health standards (IHSs) in accordance with Section 23 of the Biosecurity Act (1993) and MPI’s consultation policy.

An IHS specifies phytosanitary requirements that must be carried out, either in the country of origin or of export, during transit, or in quarantine, before biosecurity clearance can be given for the commodity to enter New Zealand. MPI must ensure that these requirements are technically justified and provide an appropriate level of biosecurity risk management.


The following draft document has been released for public consultation and comment:

The following document has been released to provide additional information with regards to the measures proposed in the draft IHS:

Review of submissions [PDF, 887 KB]

WTO notification - G/SPS/N/NZL/499 [PDF, 26 KB]

How to make a submission

Comments on the draft IHS should be forwarded to MPI by close of business on 22 January 2014. MPI encourages respondents to forward comments electronically. Send submissions to:

However, should you wish to forward submissions in writing, please send them to the following address by close of business on 22 January 2014.

Plant Imports Import & Export Standards
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140
New Zealand

Please make sure you include the following information in your submission:

  • the title of this discussion document;
  • your name and title;
  • your organisation’s name (if you are submitting on behalf of an organisation); and
  • your contact details (e.g. phone number, address and email).

Submissions received by the closure date will be considered for the final issue of the amended IHSs. Submissions received after the closure date may be held on file for consideration when the issued standard is next revised/reviewed.

Please note that your submission is public information. Submissions may be the subject of requests for information under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA specifies that information is to be made available to requesters unless there are sufficient grounds for withholding it, as set out in the OIA. Submitters may wish to indicate grounds for withholding specific information contained in their submission, such as the information is commercially sensitive or they wish personal information to be withheld. Any decision to withhold information requested under the OIA is reviewable by the Ombudsman.