Have your say
We're proposing some changes to the requirements for importing hop plants for planting.
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) wants your feedback about the proposed changes.
The consultation is open for submissions between 18 August and 29 September 2023.
On this page, we outline our risk management proposal. Find out about:
- what we are proposing
- the risks from hop plant pests
- why we want to make these changes
- making your submission
- the proposed timeline
- our development process
- the rationale and costs
We will consider any feedback on this proposal before drafting an import health standard or amending the existing standard.
We are proposing to change requirements so that people can import hop species safely.
People will be able to import 2 hop species:
- Humulus lupulus
- Humulus neomexicanus
People will be able to import them from any country, in the form of micro-propagated plantlets (tissue cultures and plants in vitro).
We also want to allow imports from more export sources. People will be able to import whole plants and cuttings into quarantine. The quarantine facility will then use those plants or cuttings to create plants in vitro that will go through inspection and testing in a quarantine greenhouse.
We propose that inspecting and testing plants offshore, or in post-entry quarantine in New Zealand, will manage the risk from hop pests.
Our analysis found that 17 key pests are associated with imported hops plants and pose a risk to New Zealand.
Biosecurity risks from 5 of the 17 pests need to be managed by a level 3B post-entry quarantine facility (the highest level of quarantine containment for plants).
We propose 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.
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.
We want 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.
We’re happy to discuss the proposal at any time during the consultation period. You can give us feedback several ways. Choose the method that suits you best.
- Complete our online survey – SurveyMonkey
- Email your submission to PlantImports@mpi.govt.nz
- Phone or video call us.
We must get your submission by 5pm on 29 September 2023.
What we want to know
We want to hear your views on:
- the measures that have been proposed
- the feasibility of importing under the proposed requirements
- this approach to consulting with you.
Attend a webinar
We are having online question and answer sessions for stakeholders on:
- 29 August at 2pm
- 18 September at 10am.
If you want to attend a session, email Plantimports@mpi.govt.nz
Do you want a different hop species?
While this proposal only includes 2 species of hop, you can make a request for us to prioritise work on another species.
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.
The process we followed to make this proposal to manage biosecurity risk and enable safe trade of hop plants.