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Mangosteen and rambutan draft import health standard

Update – 13 May 2024

Final import health standard released

The final version of the nursery stock import health standard (IHS) with 2 new schedules Garcinia and Nephelium lappaceum has been issued.

This will enable imports of 2 species of mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana and Garcinia xanthochymus) from Malaysia and 1 species of rambutan (Nephelium lappaceum) from Malaysia and Thailand.

Download the IHS for importation of nursery stock [PDF, 3.4 MB]

Find out more about importing nursery stock

Response to submissions

We received over 60 submissions through the survey we released, all supporting the new requirements. None of those submissions provided technical information.

We received 1 email submission informing us that these kinds of tropical plants are commonly grafted to encourage early flowering and fruiting. We did not have 'grafted plants' as a commodity class in the import health standard. We have now analysed the risks of grafted mangosteen and rambutan plants and have added requirements for grafted plants (both rootstock and scion must be from the same species). This will manage the biosecurity risks of grafted plants.

Consultation background

Biosecurity New Zealand was proposing changes to the requirements for importing mangosteen and rambutan plants for planting.

We appreciate the replies and information we got during the first consultation on the risk management proposal.

First consultation: Proposed imports of mangosteen and rambutan plants for planting

We reviewed and considered the submissions received about the measures proposed in the first consultation. As a result, we drafted amendments to the mangosteen and rambutan requirements in the nursery stock import health standard. An import health standard is the legislative document that specifies the requirements for importing.

We sought your feedback on the amended requirements for plants of mangosteen and rambutan. The amended requirements are located in 2 new schedules: Garcinia and Nephelium lappaceum. Those schedules are in the draft nursery stock import health standard.

The consultation closed on 19 March 2024.

Consultation documents

Draft import health standard [PDF, 3.4 MB]

Note: The new schedules for Garcinia and Nephelium lappaceum are in the draft import health standard.

WTO notification

NZL 757 - Add 1 - SPS Notification - Mangosteen and rambutan plants for planting [PDF, 114 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

Overview of submissions received in the first consultation

The feedback from the first consultation was positive. People appreciated the format and plain language. Most submitters were happy with the proposed rules and thought they would prevent pests entering New Zealand on mangosteen and rambutan plants. However, there were some concerns as well, and we have responded to those comments.

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Summary of submissions and our responses

When we review consultation submissions, we group topics from various submitters and then respond to them together.

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