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Draft IHS for importing zoo Asian elephants

Update – 26 June 2019

Final IHS

The final import health standard (IHS) was issued 26 June 2019.

Consultation background

From 7 March 2019 to 5pm on 7 May 2019 the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) sought feedback on proposed changes to the Import Health Standard (IHS) Zoo Asian Elephants from Sri Lanka and Australia.

Full details of the proposed changes were in the consultation documents.

Consultation documents

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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.