Have your say
From 14 April to 12 May 2023 the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) invites comment on proposed changes to the import health standards:
- Actinidia Plants for Planting [PDF, 503 KB]
- Citrus Plants for Planting [PDF, 716 KB]
- Importation of Nursery Stock [PDF, 5.3 MB]
- Prunus Plants for Planting [PDF, 712 KB]
- Seeds for Sowing [PDF, 2.7 MB].
Full details of the proposed changes are in the consultation document.
Risk management proposal – biological indexing [PDF, 573 KB]
Making your submission
Email your feedback on the draft by 5pm on 12 May 2023 firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
Plant Germplasm Imports
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
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.
After we have considered all submissions, there is a 10-day period which provides submitters with the opportunity to examine any changes to the IHS which have resulted from consultation. An independent review (under section 24 of the Biosecurity Act 1993) may be requested in this period if a submitter considers scientific evidence they raised during their submission has not received sufficient consideration. If there is no review, the IHS becomes final after 10 days.
Find out more about the process
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.
Find out more
Steps to importing nursery stock