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:
  • one word for precise results - for example, alligator
  • 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'
Published after date must be later than or the same as Published before date.
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Pest risk assessment: Lycorma delicatula (Spotted lanternfly) - Technical paper
Risk analysis
Pest risk assessment: Halyomorpha halys (Brown marmorated stink bug) - Technical Paper
Risk analysis
Import Risk Analysis: Milk and milk products derived from pasteurised camel milk for human consumption
Risk analysis
Canine influenza virus subtypes H3N8 and H3N2 in imported dogs and cats - Rapid Risk Analysis
Risk analysis
Southern Scallop Fishery; Marlborough Sounds
Risk analysis
Import Risk Analysis Eviscerated or Trunked Fish for Human Consumption
Risk analysis
RRA Vesicular stomatitis in live animals and their germplasm
Risk analysis
Formalin/alcohol preserved molluscs containing pearls – Rapid risk assessment
Risk analysis
Crustaceans for human consumption – Import Risk Analysis
Mycoplasma bovis in bovine semen – Rapid Risk Assessment
Risk analysis
Mycoplasma bovis in bovine in-vivo derived and in-vitro produced embryos – Rapid Risk Assessment
Crocodilia from Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, norther Australia and the European Union – Import Risk Analysis
Bovine leukaemia virus and Campylobacter fetus subspecies venerealis in bovine frozen semen, in-vivo derived and in-vitro produced embryos – Import Risk Analysis
Honey bee products – Supplementary Import Risk Analysis
Marsupials and Monotremes from Australia – Import Risk Analysis
Risk analysis
2018 Technical Review: Proposed Treatments for BMSB (Halyomorpha halys (Stål); Pentatomidae)
Technical paper
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