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Draft IHS for Importing Fresh Ginger for Human Consumption

Have your say

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) invites comment on proposed changes to the fresh ginger import health standard (IHS).

Justification for the phytosanitary measures required in the draft IHS are detailed in the risk management proposal (RMP).

MPI has reviewed the pests and measures in the existing fresh ginger import health standards from Australia, Fiji, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Thailand, Tonga, and Vanuatu and assessed the new market access request for China. There are no proposed changes to the level of measures required to import fresh ginger (that is, 'basic measures' are proposed to manage the import of fresh ginger rhizomes for the existing countries and for China).

Full details are in the consultation documents.

Consultation documents

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Making your submission

Email your feedback on the draft by 5pm on 29 September 2019 to

Make sure you include in your submission:

  • the title of the consultation document in the subject line of your email
  • your name and title
  • your organisation's name (if you're submitting on behalf of an organisation)
  • your contact details (for example, phone number, address and email).

While we prefer email, you can send your submission by post to:

Horticulture Imports
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140
New Zealand.

All submissions received by the closing date will be considered before the amended IHS is issued. MPI may hold late submissions on file for consideration when the issued IHS is next revised or reviewed.

Steps to finalising the new IHS

After consultation on a draft import health standard, MPI publishes a provisional IHS.
If you made a submission during the consultation, you have 10 working days to notify the Director-General of MPI that you intend to request an independent review. Reviews are limited to whether or not specific scientific evidence was given sufficient consideration.
If no review is requested within 10 working days, then the provisional IHS is confirmed and issued as a standard.

For more information about reviews refer to:

Submissions are public information

Note that any submission you make becomes public information. People can ask for copies of submissions under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA says we have to make submissions available unless we have a good reason for withholding it.  That is explained in sections 6 and 9 of the OIA.

Tell us if you think there are grounds to withhold specific information in your submission. Reasons might include that it's commercially sensitive or it's personal information. However, any decision MPI makes to withhold information can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may tell us to release it.