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Proposed amendments to importing requirements for Citrus nursery stock

Your views sought

MPI is seeking your feedback on proposed changes to phytosanitary measures when importing Citrus nursery stock from all countries. 

Consultation document

Risk Management Proposal - Citrus nursery stock [PDF, 972 KB]

Related documents

The citrus risk analysis will be available on request.

What's proposed?

The risk management proposal describes in detail the proposed revision of the Citrus, Fortunella and Poncirus schedules of the Import Health Standard (IHS) 155.02.06: Importation of Nursery Stock. It also provides technical justifications. Some of the main changes proposed for the standard are:

  • The schedules for Citrus (citrus), Fortunella (kumquat) and Poncirus (trifoliate orange) have been combined into one schedule, referred to as Citrus.
  • 22 citrus pests which are present in New Zealand and have a non-regulated status have been removed from the pest list.
  • 11 organisms are proposed to be added to the Citrus pest list with specific phytosanitary measures.
  • 5 additional organisms are proposed to be added to the Citrus pest list without specific phytosanitary measures.

Making your submission

Email your feedback on the consultation document by 5pm on 21 October 2016 to

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 applicable)
  • Your address

While we prefer email, you can send your submission by post to:

Plant Imports
Plants, Food and Environment
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140
New Zealand

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. 

Steps to finalising the new IHS

After we have considered all submissions we publish a provisional IHS for 10 days to give submitters a chance to examine the changes.  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.

The provisional IHS will be published on this consultation page and other relevant pages on this website.

Submissions are public information

Any submission you make becomes public information. Anyone can ask for copies of all submissions under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA says we must make the information available unless we have a good reason for withholding it. You can find those grounds in sections 6 and 9 of the OIA. Tell us if you think there are grounds to withhold specific information in your submission. Reasons might include, it's commercially sensitive or it's personal information. However, any decision MPI makes to withhold information can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may require the information be released.