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Importing requirements for hop plants for planting

Update – 15 December 2023

Update to the risk management proposal

Biosecurity New Zealand has reviewed submissions received during the first consultation on this risk management proposal for importing hop plants for planting.

More information on the consultation on the revised risk management proposal and the draft import health standard

Consultation background

We've proposed some changes to the requirements for importing hop plants for planting.

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) sought feedback about the proposed changes.

The consultation was open for submissions between 18 August and 29 September 2023.

What we were proposing

We proposed to change requirements so that people can import hop species safely.

People would be able to import 2 hop species:

  • Humulus lupulus
  • Humulus neomexicanus

People would be able to import them from any country, in the form of micro-propagated plantlets (tissue cultures and plants in vitro).

We also wanted to allow imports from more export sources. People would be able to import whole plants and cuttings into quarantine. The quarantine facility would then use those plants or cuttings to create plants in vitro that would go through inspection and testing in a quarantine greenhouse.

We proposed that inspecting and testing plants offshore, or in post-entry quarantine in New Zealand, would manage the risk from hop pests.

About the risks from hop plant pests

Our analysis found that 17 key pests are associated with imported hops plants and pose a risk to New Zealand.

For details, refer to rationale and costs

Biosecurity risks from 5 of the 17 pests needed to be managed by a level 3B post-entry quarantine facility (the highest level of quarantine containment for plants).

We proposed giving importers a choice to manage these pests offshore using additional testing by exporters and declarations by the exporting country's government.

Another way to manage risk offshore is through an MPI-approved offshore facility for testing and holding hop plants. Currently, there are no offshore facilities approved for hop plants.

Find out about offshore facilities and requesting approval

If the pest risks that need a Level 3B facility are managed before the hops are exported to New Zealand, then the hops will go into a Level 2 post-entry quarantine to manage the remaining risk.

Read the facility standard: Post Entry Quarantine for Plants [PDF, 545 KB]

Why we want to make these changes

We wanted to allow people to import these 2 hop species safely. Although there are existing import requirements for Humulus lupulus (in the Nursery Stock Import Health Standard), we are not currently allowing imports of these hops because the existing requirements are not safe.

Nursery Stock Import Health Standard (page 190) [PDF, 3.5 MB]

Proposed timeline

18 August to 29 September: Consultation on this risk management proposal.

13 October to 27 October: Consultation on a draft import health standard.

17 November 2023: Final import health standard issued.

We will consider your feedback on this proposal and then draft an import health standard.

We will send the draft standard to you on 13 October 2023 and would appreciate your feedback on it as well.

We will consider your feedback on the standard and make any changes we need to before we publish it in November 2023.

Our development process

The process we followed to make this proposal to manage biosecurity risk and enable safe trade of hop plants.

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Rationale and costs for this proposal

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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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