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

UPDATE – 30 July 2019

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has completed an administrative review of Import Health Standards (IHSs) for fresh fruits and vegetables for human consumption. This includes IHS 152.02 Importation and Clearance of Fresh Fruit and Vegetables into New Zealand and 99 country:commodity IHSs.

Public consultation – Have your say

As a result, MPI has transferred import requirements in existing country:commodity IHSs into a new format (commodity IHSs). From 30 July to 19 August 2019, MPI will be a public engagement. This will be to seek feedback on the format change (from 'country:commodity' IHS to 'commodity' IHS). We encourage anyone interested in importing fresh fruit and vegetables to:

  • read the risk management proposal which outlines the purpose and scope of this engagement
  • consider the readability of the new IHS format and the accompanying Guidance Document: Import of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables for Human Consumption, and
  • submit feedback.
Visit the consultation page for full details on the proposed format changes and links to new format IHSs, risk management proposal, and the draft guidance document.

After the public engagement

At the end of the engagement period, we'll review all submissions received. We intend to issue the 121 commodity IHSs in late September 2019. We'll also revoke IHS 152.02: Importation and Clearance of Fresh Fruit and Vegetables for Human Consumption and 99 individual country:commodity IHSs.

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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