Nursery stock

Nursery stock imported for growing – including whole plants, tissue-cultured plants, and other plant parts – needs to meet biosecurity requirements to prevent the entry of unwanted organisms into New Zealand. MPI helps importers meet these requirements.


Permit applications

Submit your plant import product permit application by 13 November 2019 to ensure it is processed before Christmas.

Customer enquiries

The Plant Imports office will be closed from 24 December 2019 to 3 January 2020. We will respond to emails from 6 January 2020.

Importer responsibilities

When importing nursery stock to New Zealand, you're responsible for:

  • meeting the import health standard (IHS) for your products
  • arranging appropriate treatment for your products
  • reporting to MPI if your products show signs of disease or pests
  • keeping the right records.

Fees and charges may apply.

Who to contact

If you have questions about offshore treatment or phytosanitary certificates, contact the exporting country's National Plant Protection Organisation (NPPO) or your customs agent.

For other questions about importing plant products, email

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