Import health standards (IHS)

Find all import health standards and related information. An import health standard (IHS) is a document issued under section 24A of the Biosecurity Act 1993. An IHS states the requirements that must be met before risk goods can be imported into New Zealand.

Some import health standards are changing

26 November 2019: Second consultation open on the new fruit and vegetables IHS format

Between 30 July and 19 August 2019, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) consulted on new format import health standards (commodity IHSs) for fresh fruits and vegetables for human consumption. MPI has reviewed the submissions from this consultation and met with submitters on 4 September 2019 to discuss the key points raised in their submissions. As a result of this discussion, MPI has revised the wording in the draft commodity IHSs.

Between 26 November 2019 and 17 January 2020, MPI is consulting on the revised wording in the draft commodity IHSs.

If you have questions about the consultation, email plantimports@mpi.govt.nz

IHS notes

Importer alerts

  • Avian influenza – 25 July 2018  – Various countries. Find out more

  • Lumpy skin disease – 21 Aug 2015 - Greece (Evros, Xanthi, and Kavala). Find out more

Revoked import health standards

During the transition to a new import health standard (IHS), the standards being revoked will be listed as related documents of the new IHS. You can search for any IHS using its short code, but if it's an IHS about to be revoked it will appear as a related document under the new IHS. Click on the '+' sign to see related documents (all document boxes expand to show more information).

If you can't find the IHS for your commodity, email info@mpi.govt.nz

IHS guidance documents

MPI has produced guidance documents to help you meet the requirements of import health standards. While you do not have to comply with the guidance, MPI considers the guidance best practice. Where available, these are listed with the related standard. Each document box expands to reveal extra information, including links to related documents like guidance. Choose the '+' sign to expand a box.

Most IHSs also refer to the Treatment Standard.

Download the Treatment Standard (MPI-ABTRT) [PDF, 1.4 MB]

Find your IHS

The import health standards are listed alphabetically by commodity. Use the filter below to help your search.

Note, each document box expands to reveal extra information, including links to related documents like guidance. Choose the '+' sign (to the right of the document title) to expand a box.

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.
Published before date must be earlier than or the same as Published after date.
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Actinidia Plants for Planting – Import Health Standard
Import Health Standard (IHS)
Air Containers from All countries – Import Health Standard
Import Health Standard (IHS)
Alligator meat from the USA - Import Health Standard
Import Health Standard (IHS)
Alpacas and Llamas from Approved Countries - Import Health Standard
Import Health Standard (IHS)
Animal fibre - Import Health Standard
Import Health Standard (IHS)
Animal products that have undergone third country processing - Import Health Standard
Import Health Standard (IHS)
Antarctic Fish - Import Health Standard
Import Health Standard (IHS)
Avocado (Persea americana) from Australia - Fresh Fruit/Vegetables - Import Health Standard
Import Health Standard (IHS)
Avocado (Persea americana) from Tonga - Fresh Fruit/Vegetables - Import Health Standard
Import Health Standard (IHS)
Ballast Water from all Countries - Import Health Standard
Import Health Standard (IHS)
Bamboo, Cane, Willow and Rattan from All Countries - Import Health Standard
Import Health Standard (IHS)
Bananas (Musa spp) from Australia - Fresh Fruit/Vegetables - Import Health Standard
Import Health Standard (IHS)
Bark from All Countries - Import Health Standard
Import Health Standard (IHS)
Beef/deer/sheep/goat meat and meat products from Australia - Import Health Standard
Import Health Standard (IHS)
Biological Products (including samples) from All Countries - Import Health Standard
Import Health Standard (IHS)
Bovine Embryos from Approved Countries - Import Health Standard
Import Health Standard (IHS)
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