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Proposed amendments to the requirements of the MPI Standard: Places of First Arrival

Have your say

From 13 July to 5 September 2022 the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) would like your feedback on proposed changes to the MPI Standard: Places of First Arrival.

The key proposed changes include:

  • New requirements are mainly a clarification of what is already required.
  • Inclusion of some critical guidance from a previous guidance document as requirements, such as physical and structural requirements for places of first arrival (PoFA).
  • The Standard has been drafted to be more fit for purpose and has some flexibility for operational and individual PoFA needs, while appropriately managing biosecurity risks of each PoFA.
  • Stronger operator requirements and descriptors of what the operator delegate’s role is.
  • Clarification of specialised requirements like biosecurity control areas, transitional facilities, or systems to allow for approvals of receiving higher risk craft or goods.
  • Clarification on PoFA approvals and variations.
  • Operating manual requirements (formerly documentation requirements).
  • Clarification of the requirements for arrangements with facilities, systems, contracts, and service providers carrying out biosecurity related work.
  • Inclusion of a systems section.
  • Update of PoFA certificate in Schedule 2.
  • Addition of Schedule 3 with updated craft and risk good categories.

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

Consultation documents

Making your submission

Send us your feedback on the draft by 5pm on 5 September 2022.

Email your submission to

Make sure you tell us 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 you're submitting on behalf of an organisation)
  • your contact details (for example, phone number, address, and email).

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

Invasive Species Team
Environmental Health Group
Animal and Plant Health Directorate
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140
New Zealand. 

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

Find out more

Find out more about places of first arrival in New Zealand

Legal requirements

The New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) must consult with interested parties in accordance with section 37(10)(b) of the Biosecurity Act 1993 (the Act) and MPI’s consultation policy before issuing or amending facility standards under section 37 of the Act.

The Place of First Arrival standard sets out the requirements in relation to the operation of arrangements, facilities and systems at a port to be approved as place of first arrival.

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. 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.

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