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:
- 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 amendments to the procedures [PDF, 24 KB]
Who to contact
If you have questions about import risk analysis or import health standards, email email@example.com.
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.
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This document presents a qualitative analysis of the risk posed by canine influenza virus subtype H3N8 (CIV H3N8) and canine influenza virus subtype H3N2 (CIV H3N2) in dogs and cats imported into New Zealand.
This risk analysis is consistent with the guidelines described in Biosecurity New Zealand Risk Analysis Procedures – Version 1 and in Chapter 2 of the Aquatic Animal Code 2016 of the World Organisation for Animal Health (hereafter referred to as the Code).
This import risk analysis examines the biosecurity risks associated with the international trade in non-viable crustaceans of freshwater or marine origin that are intended for human consumption. Crustaceans that are cultured or wild-caught for human consumption mainly belong to the order Decapoda (shrimps or prawns, lobsters and crabs) and to a lesser extent the order Euphausiacea (krill) and the order Stomatopoda (mantis shrimps). They may be imported into New Zealand chilled, frozen or processed.
This document is a qualitative analysis of the risk posed by Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis) in bovine in-vivo derived and in-vitro produced embryos.
This risk analysis considers the biosecurity risks associated with the importation of captive hatched and reared, saltwater and freshwater Crocodilia from the European Union (for the purposes of this document referred to as the European Zone), and Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Papua New Guinea and northern Australia (collectively referred to as the ‘Malaysian Zone’).
This document is a qualitative analysis of the risk posed by bovine leukaemia virus (BLV), the causative agent of Enzootic bovine leukosis (EBL) and Campylobacter fetus subspecies venerealis (Cfv), the causative agent of bovine genital campylobacteriosis (BGC), in imported frozen bovine semen and in-vivo derived and in-vitro produced embryos.
This qualitative risk analysis examines the biosecurity risks associated with the importation of bee products derived from honey bees (Apis mellifera). These risks were previously examined in 2004 (MAF 2004). However, recognising technical advances, reports of newly identified pathogens of honey bees and changes to the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code over the intervening 11 year period, a supplementary biosecurity import risk analysis has been requested.
This risk analysis has been developed in order to support the Australasian Species Management Programmes managed by the Australasian Regional Association of Zoological Parks and Aquaria (ARAZPA) members in New Zealand. Captive breeding within Australasia has been successful, and in order to sustainably manage the population it is necessary to transfer animals between Australia and New Zealand. This will enable genetic diversity to be maintained, birth/sex ratios and social structures to be managed; and therefore ensure that the breeding programmes can successfully continue.
• Estimates the level of efficacy required for a treatment for BMSB on any given pathway based on the propagule pressure from BMSB and the likely volume of imports;
• Describes the level of efficacy provided by published or reported treatment research;
• Provides information to enable lab-determined treatment schedules to be converted into operational schedules;
• Provides background/references on the effect of the treatments on other pests to illustrate relativity to BMSB.
- Recall Hazard/Risk Analysis Form [DOCX, 67 KB]
Rapid Risk Assessment: Pasteurised eggs: Addendum to 2008 Import Risk Analysis
A request was received from Indonesia to allow the importation of fresh salacca fruit into New Zealand. A risk analysis had already been completed by the Australian Department of Agriculture (DoA) for the importation of salacca fruit from Indonesia to Australia. This was used as a starting point for the New Zealand risk analysis. Three genera of mealybugs and two species of fungi were found to be non-negligible risks to New Zealand from this pathway, so additional measures may be warranted.
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