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Draft import health standard for giant river prawns

Have your say

From 10 July 2023 to 7 August 2023, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) invites comments on a proposed new import health standard (IHS) for giant river prawns (Macrobrachium rosenbergii)

The IHS specifies the biosecurity requirements that must be met when importing the prawns.

Full details are in the consultation documents.

Consultation documents

Draft import health standard for giant river prawns [PDF, 360 KB]

Risk management proposal [PDF, 504 KB]

Draft guidance document for importing giant river prawns [PDF, 337 KB]

Related document

NZL 728 - SPS Notification - IHS for giant river prawns [PDF, 67 KB]

Making your submission

Email your feedback on the draft before 5pm on 7 August 2023 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, 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).

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

Animal 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 import health standard (IHS) is issued. MPI may hold late submissions on file for consideration when the issued IHS is next revised or reviewed.

Submissions are public information

Note that all, part, or a summary of your submission may be published on this website. Most often this happens when we issue a document that reviews the submissions received.

People can also ask for copies of submissions under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA says we must make the content of submissions available unless we have good reason for withholding it. Those reasons are detailed in sections 6 and 9 of the OIA.

If you think there are grounds to withhold specific information from publication, make this clear in your submission or contact us. Reasons may include that it discloses commercially sensitive or personal information. However, any decision MPI makes to withhold details can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may direct us to release it.

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