Import risk analysis

Risk analysis is the first stage in developing import health standards. Find out more about the import risk analysis process.

Risk analysis is a critical step

The main aim of an import risk analysis is to assess the biosecurity risks associated with importing goods or animals into New Zealand. An analysis must be:

  • objective
  • defensible – with conclusions based on facts that can be justified.

Biosecurity risks are usually pests and diseases we don’t want to get established in New Zealand because of the harm they might cause to our environment, agricultural production, or human health.

New Zealand is one of the leaders

New Zealand is among several countries leading the way in establishing import risk analysis procedures internationally.

Download risk analysis procedures used in the development of import health standards [PDF, 790 KB]

Download amendments to the procedures [PDF, 24 KB]

Who to contact

If you have questions about import risk analysis or import health standards, email

Published risk analyses and submission reviews

You can download a copy of a published import risk analysis. Each risk analysis has a related document, which is a review of the submissions received.

Extra details about each document can be read by clicking on the '+' sign that appears on the same line as the document title.

Finding documents using the filter

The documents are filed in 14 categories, including live animals, plants and food. The categories will appear in the filter box when you select 'Show all subjects'. Choose from the list of categories displayed – or choose from the list of countries or topics (sub-categories). Alternatively:

  • type in a keyword or part of a title in "Filter by title and/or summary"
  • choose a date range.
Tips - try using:
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  • multiple words for broader results. For example, alligator meat returns documents with either alligator or meat
  • quotation marks to search a specific term - for example, 'alligator meat' returns documents with the exact phrase 'alligator meat'
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2015 Pest Risk Assessment: ‘Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum’ associated with imported carrot seeds for sowing
Risk analysis
2018 Technical Review: Proposed Treatments for BMSB (Halyomorpha halys (Stål); Pentatomidae)
Technical paper
Ants on Sawn Timber Imported from the South Pacific Region - Risk Analysis (April 2003)
Risk analysis
Apple (Malus domestica) nursery stock micro-organisms and diseases - Final Import Risk Analysis (July 2012)
Risk analysis
Avian paramyxovirus type 1 in hens' hatching eggs - Import risk analysis (March 2001)
Risk analysis
Babesia gibsoni in dogs (Canis familiaris) and dog semen - Import risk analysis (February 2003)
Risk analysis
Black Imported Fire Ant (Solenopsis richteri) - Risk Assessment
Risk analysis
Budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus) from the United Kingdom - Final import risk analysis (May 2009)
Risk analysis
Camel (Camelus dromedarius) meat for human consumption from Australia - Import risk analysis (April 2003)
Risk analysis
Cats, dogs and canine semen from all countries - Final import risk analysis (November 2009)
Risk analysis
Cattle from Australia, Canada, the European Union, and the United States of America - Final import risk analysis (February 2009)
Risk analysis
Cattle germplasm from all countries - Final import risk analysis (February 2009)
Risk analysis
Chicken and duck meat for human consumption - Draft import risk analysis (August 2013)
Risk analysis
Citrus spp. nursery stock - Pest Risk Assessment
Risk analysis
Crazy Ants (Paratrechina longicornis) - Risk Assessment
Risk analysis
Crocodilia and eggs of Crocodilia from Australia - Import risk analysis (November 2007)
Risk analysis
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