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Draft IHS for importing ruminant meat and ruminant meat products from all countries

Have your say

From 20 September to 19 November 2021 the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) invites comments on the draft import health standard (IHS) for ruminant meat and ruminant meat products.

This generic IHS sets the conditions for importation of ruminant meat and ruminant meat products into New Zealand. The draft IHS:

  • consolidates 35 existing IHSs
  • opens trade to other countries able to meet the required biosecurity measures.

Full details are in the consultation documents.

Consultation documents

Draft IHS for ruminant meat and ruminant meat products [PDF, 471 KB]

Draft risk management proposal for ruminant meat and ruminant meat products [PDF, 472 KB]

Draft guidance for ruminant meat and ruminant meat products [PDF, 468 KB]

Related information

NZL 658 SPS notification – IHS for ruminant meat and ruminant meat products [PDF, 98 KB]

Steps to importing meat into New Zealand (current requirements)

Making your submission

Send us your feedback by 5pm on 19 November 2021.

Email your submission to

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

Animal Imports
Pastoral House Level 2
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140
New Zealand

What to include

Make sure you include in your submission:

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

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 IHS, 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:

Section 24 of the Biosecurity Act 1993 – NZ Legislation

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.

Legal background

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 or 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.