The New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) must consult with interested parties in accordance with section 23 of the Biosecurity Act 1993 (the Act) and MPI’s consultation policy before issuing or amending (other than of minor/urgent nature) import health standards (IHS) under sections 24A and 24B of the Act.
An IHS specifies import requirements that must be met either in the country of origin or of export, or during transit, before biosecurity clearance can be given for the goods to enter New Zealand. MPI must ensure that these requirements are technically justified and provide an appropriate level of biosecurity protection.
The following draft documents have been issued for public consultation and comment:
- Draft Import Health Standard: Guinea Pigs from Australia [PDF, 355 KB]
The following draft document has been issued to provide additional information with regards to the measures proposed in the import health standard:
- Draft Risk Management Proposal: Guinea pigs from Australia [PDF, 208 KB]
- Draft Import Risk Analysis: Guinea pigs from Australia [PDF, 692 KB]
- WTO notification - G/SPS/N/NZL/505 [PDF, 50 KB]
How to make a submission
Comments on these draft documents should be forwarded to MPI by close of business on 25 September 2014. MPI encourages respondents to forward comments electronically to the email address below. However, should you wish to forward submissions in writing, please send them to the address that follows:
Animal Imports: Guinea Pig IHS Consultation
Animal & Animal Products Directorate
Regulation and Assurance Branch
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
Fax: +64 4 894 0733
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 this import health standard. 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.