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Draft Import Health Standard for Fresh Cut Flowers and Foliage for Decorative Purposes

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.

MPI proposes to issue an amended IHS for Fresh Cut Flowers and Foliage for Decorative Purposes which combines the current standards into one document, in an easy to use format. A number of minor changes are also proposed in the Draft IHS and information supporting the proposed amendments to this IHS can be found in the discussion document.

Documents and Links

Draft for consultation - Fresh Cut Flowers and Foliage for Decorative Purposes [PDF, 838 KB] 
Discussion Document for consultation of new draft IHS for Cut Flowers and Foliage for Decorative Purposes [PDF, 740 KB] 

Making a submission

The email address and closing date for submissions are provided above. MPI encourages respondents to forward comments electronically. If you wish to forward submissions in writing, please send them to the following address:

Plant Imports
Plants, Food & Environment
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140
New Zealand

Submissions received by the closure date will be considered for the final issue of the amended IHS. Submissions received after the closure date may be held on file for consideration when the issued IHS 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.