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Proposed amendments to the Craft Risk Management Standard: Vessels and supporting documents

Have your say

From 30 June to 29 August 2022 the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) invites comment on proposed amendments to the draft Craft Risk Management Standard: Vessels and supporting documents.

MPI has merged and reviewed the requirements of the:

  • Craft Risk Management Standard: Vessels (2018), and
  • Craft Risk Management Standard: Biofouling on Vessels Arriving to New Zealand (2018).

Biosecurity requirements for all arriving international vessels are now collectively included in the proposed Craft Risk Management Standard: Vessels.

A summary and justification of the changes can be found in the Risk Management Proposal for the Craft Risk Management Standard: Vessels.

To support the proposed Craft Risk Management Standard: Vessels, MPI is also proposing the Operational Code: Vessel Biofouling Inspection Provider Approval Requirements. The discussion document has more details.

MPI also aims to provide a guidance document to allow ease of access to the vessel biofouling inspection requirements of the Craft Risk Management Standard: Vessels. This applies to vessel operators, but also may need to be understood by third-party vessel biofouling inspection providers. This document is also available for feedback. MPI would like the following feedback on the Guidance Document: Vessel Biofouling Inspections:

  • what format you may prefer to see the information in
  • what further resources you may like to see in the document
  • what further guidance you may like to see in the document.

Full details of the proposed amendments are in the consultation documents.

Consultation documents

Draft Craft Risk Management Standard: Vessels [PDF, 578 KB]

Risk Management Proposal for the Craft Risk Management Standard: Vessels [PDF, 725 KB]

Draft Operational Code: Vessel Biofouling Inspection Provider Approval Scheme [PDF, 1.3 MB]

Discussion document for the Operational Code: Vessel Biofouling Inspection Provider Approval Scheme [PDF, 340 KB]

Guidance document: Vessel biofouling inspections [PDF, 1.2 MB]

Related document

WTO SPS Notification – NZL 692 Craft Risk Management Standard for Vessels [PDF, 98 KB]

Making your submission

Send us your feedback by 5pm on 29 August 2022.

Email your submission to standards@mpi.govt.nz

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

Invasive Species
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140
New Zealand.

What to include

Make sure you tell us in your submission:

  • the title of the applicable consultation document(s) 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).

All submissions received by the closing date will be considered before the amended craft risk management standard (CRMS) is issued. MPI may hold late submissions on file for consideration when the issued CRMS is next revised or reviewed.

Steps to finalising the new CRMS

After consultation on a draft CRMS, MPI publishes a provisional CRMS.

If you made a submission during the consultation, you have 10 working days to notify the Director-General of MPI that you intend to request an independent review. Reviews are limited to whether specific scientific evidence was given sufficient consideration.

If no review is requested within 10 working days, then the provisional CRMS is confirmed and the final CRMS is issued.

For more information about reviews refer to Section 24 of the Biosecurity Act 1993 – NZ Legislation

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

Legal background

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.