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Proposed craft risk management standard for vessels

Update - 3 August 2017

New Craft Risk Management Standard issued

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) issued the Craft Risk Management Standard for Vessels (the CRMS) and supporting documents on 20 July 2017 and it will take effect on 1 February 2018.

MPI made minor amendments to the draft CRMS in response to submissions and comments from stakeholders. Please read the review of submissions for further details.

New requirements

The new CRMS is predominantly formalisation of existing vessel arrival requirements, with the exception of the Asian gypsy moth (AGM) requirements.  Please refer to the part 3 of the CRMS for details or AGM requirements.

Consultation closed

From 13 June 2016 to 5 August 2016 the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) invited comment on the proposed Craft Risk Management Standard: Vessels.

Full details of the proposed changes are in the consultation document Draft Craft Risk Management Standard: Vessels.

Consultation documents 


MPI must consult with interested parties in accordance with section 24F of the Biosecurity Act 1993 and MPI's consultation policy before issuing or amending (other than of minor or urgent nature) craft risk management standards (CRMS) under sections 24G and 24H of the Act.

A CRMS specifies arrival requirements that must be met either in the last port of departure or during transit to ensure that the vessel can comply with the CRMS before arriving, or at arrival in New Zealand. MPI must ensure that these requirements are technically justified and provide an appropriate level of biosecurity protection.

Making a submission

Feedback was due by 5pm, 5 August 2016 to

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

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.

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Who to contact

If you have questions about this consultation, email