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Proposed changes to the import health standard for Actinidia plants for planting

Update – 16 April 2024

Final IHS and review of submissions released

Following the consultation that closed on 26 January 2024, we've issued the final import health standard and released the review of submissions.

Import Health Standard: Actinidia Plants for Planting [PDF, 412 KB]

Review of submissions [PDF, 339 KB]

Consultation background

From 1 November to 26 January 2024, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) invited comments on proposed changes to the Import Health Standard: Actinidia Plants for Planting.

This import health standard (IHS) was first issued in 2018. Since then, we have acquired new information that allows us to manage biosecurity risks better. This is not a comprehensive review of the IHS. It is a consolidation of separate changes aimed at enhancing its effectiveness and ease of use.

What was proposed?

We did not expect the changes to have significant impacts on anyone's processes.

  • Plants will still go into post-entry quarantine (PEQ) for the same length of time.
  • There will be an increased cost for importers with 4 new PCR tests for Actinidia viruses.
  • Post-entry quarantine operators will have more flexibility. Operators will be able to take samples from either stems or leaves for phytoplasma testing during PEQ (currently we only allow leaf samples).

Consultation documents

Draft IHS: Actinidia Plants for Planting [PDF, 763 KB]

Risk management proposal: Actinidia plants for planting amendments [PDF, 467 KB]

Related document

NZL 752 WTO SPS notification – Actinidia plants for planting [PDF, 94 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.

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