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Proposed changes to the import health standard for importing grain and seeds for consumption, feed, or processing

Have your say

From 23 August to 1 October 2021, Biosecurity New Zealand invites comment on a proposed change to the import health standard (IHS) for importing grain and seeds for consumption, feed, or processing. Biosecurity New Zealand is a business unit of the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

The proposed change to the IHS is the removal of the requirement for importers to have a permit for the import of specified grain or seeds for processing in New Zealand.

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

Consultation documents

Risk Management Proposal: Amendment to the grain and seeds for consumption, feed, or processing IHS [PDF, 275 KB]

Draft IHS for importing grain and seeds for consumption, feed, or processing (for consultation only) [PDF, 1.3 MB]

Making your submission

Submissions close at 6pm on 1 October 2021.

Email your comments about the proposed change to

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

Plant Product Imports, Animal and Plant Health Directorate
Biosecurity New Zealand
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140
New Zealand.

What to include in your submission

Submissions are a chance to provide MPI with new information or identify improvements that can be made to a standard. Effective submissions:

  • comment on specific sections and proposed requirements in the standard
  • provide reasons, data and supporting published references to support comments
  • use examples to illustrate points.

Make sure you include:

  • 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 (phone number and email).

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 standard is next revised or reviewed.

Background and next steps

The current version of the IHS came into force on 21 January 2021.

Current IHS: Grain and Seeds for Consumption, Feed, or Processing [PDF, 860 KB]

After we have considered all submissions, we will issue a provisional version of the new IHS. There is then a 10-day period that provides submitters the opportunity to examine any changes to the IHS that have resulted from consultation. An independent review (under section 24 of the Biosecurity Act 1993) may be requested in this period if a submitter feels that scientific evidence they raised during their submission has not received sufficient consideration. If there is no review, the IHS becomes final after 10 days.

Find out more about the IHS review process

Submissions are public

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 reasons in sections 6 and 9 of the OIA. Tell us if you think there are grounds to withhold specific information in your submission, such as information that is commercially sensitive or personal. However, any decision MPI makes to withhold information can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may require the information to be released.

Legal background

Biosecurity New Zealand must consult interested parties in accordance with section 23 of the Biosecurity Act 1993 (the Act) and Biosecurity New Zealand's consultation policy before issuing or amending import health standards (IHSs) under sections 24A and 24B of the Act. Biosecurity New Zealand is not required to consult interested parties if the changes are minor or urgent.

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.

Find out more

Importing stored plant products for human consumption (includes grains, seeds, and nuts)