Import health standards (IHS)

Import health standards (IHS) are documents issued under section 24A of the Biosecurity Act 1993. They state the requirements that must be met before risk goods can be imported into New Zealand.

Changes to some Standards – November 2018 Update

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is doing a review of all fresh fruit and vegetable import health standards.

This includes Import Health Standard (IHS) 152.02: Importation and Clearance of Fresh Fruit and Vegetables for Human Consumption.

As part of the review, MPI is developing new format commodity standards. MPI is converting all fresh fruit and vegetable schedules in IHS 152.02 and individual country: commodity standards to the new format. 

We were expecting the review to be completed by the end of October 2018, however the work has been delayed.  We will provide more information as available and continue to provide monthly updates on the progress of the review.

When the new commodity standards are issued, MPI will revoke IHS 152.02.

Note: This is an administrative format change only. It will not affect any existing import measures or requirements.

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. Click on the '+' sign to see related documents.

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.

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

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
  • Myrtle rust – Feb 2015  – Australia (Tasmania). Find out more

 

Tips - try using:
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  • 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'
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Frozen rabbit meat and meat by products for pet food from Australia - Import Health Standard
Import Health Standard (IHS)
Frozen raw pet food (derived from cattle, deer, goats, horses, sheep) for further processing from Australia - Import Health Standard
Import Health Standard (IHS)
Frozen sheep pituitary glands for further processing from South Australia - Import Health Standard
Import Health Standard (IHS)
Garlic (Allium sativum) from the People's Republic of China - Fresh Fruit/Vegetables - Import Health Standard
Import Health Standard (IHS)
Ginger (Zingiber officinale) from Papua New Guinea - Fresh Fruit/Vegetables - Import Health Standard
Import Health Standard (IHS)
Ginger (Zingiber officinale) from Thailand - Fresh Fruit/Vegetables - Import Health Standard
Import Health Standard (IHS)
Ginger (Zingiber officinale) from Vanuatu - Fresh Fruit/Vegetables - Import Health Standard
Import Health Standard (IHS)
Goats from Australia - Import Health Standard
Import Health Standard (IHS)
Grains/Seeds for Consumption, Feed or Processing Plant Health Requirements - Import Health Standard
Import Health Standard (IHS)
Grapes (Vitis vinifera) from Australia - Fresh Fruit/Vegetables - Import Health Standard
Import Health Standard (IHS)
Green Beans (Phaseolus spp.) from Fiji - Fresh Fruit/Vegetables - Import Health Standard
Import Health Standard (IHS)
Green Beans (Phaseolus spp.) from New Caledonia - Fresh Fruit/Vegetables - Import Health Standard
Import Health Standard (IHS)
Green Beans (Phaseolus spp.) from South Africa - Fresh Fruit/Vegetables - Import Health Standard
Import Health Standard (IHS)
Green Beans (Phaseolus spp.) from Zimbabwe - Fresh Fruit/Vegetables - Import Health Standard
Import Health Standard (IHS)
Guinea Pigs - Import Health Standard
Import Health Standard (IHS)
Heat treated milk and milk products not for human consumption from the European Union - Import Health Standard
Import Health Standard (IHS)
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