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Draft Import Health Standard for Zoo Carnivora

Update – 14 December 2022

The Import Health Standard has been published.

Zoo Carnivora – Import health standard [PDF, 420 KB]

Zoo Carnivora – Guidance document [PDF, 318 KB]

Zoo Carnivora – Risk management proposal [PDF, 296 KB]

Background to this consultation

From 28 September 2022 to 15 November 2022 the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) invited comment on a proposed new import health standard (IHS) for zoo Carnivora. The new IHS was to replace 6 other import health standards, including ones for zoo felids, meerkats and red pandas.

Examples of other mammals in the Carnivora order are hyena, coatis, binturongs, otters, wolves, and bears.

The draft IHS specified the biosecurity requirements that must be met when importing zoo Carnivora.

Full details were in the consultation documents.

Consultation documents

Draft Import Health Standard : Zoo Carnivora [PDF, 543 KB]

Draft risk management proposal : Zoo Carnivora  [PDF, 395 KB]

Draft guidance document : Zoo Carnivora [PDF, 405 KB] 

Related document

World Trade Organization sanitary and phytosanitary standards notification-NZL- 697 [PDF, 111 KB] 

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.

Official Information Act 1982 – NZ Legislation

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.