Proposed changes to the import health standard for pig meat and pig meat products from Australia

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Contact: Animal imports

UPDATE – 20 May 2020

Consultation reopening – new amendments 

From 20 May to 4 June 2020, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) invites comments on proposed changes to the import health standard (IHS) and risk management proposal for pig meat and pig meat products from Australia in relation to third-country pork products. The reason for reopening this consultation of the IHS is due to:

  • increase of commodity scope of third-country pork products
  • a change in the type of assurance from the Australian Competent Authority (an official letter instead of veterinary certificate).

In the earlier consultation (that closed on 21 January 2020), the draft IHS allowed only pork products manufactured or further processed in Australia using imported pig meat. Under the proposed amendment, any pig meat or pig meat product that is eligible for import directly to New Zealand, but has first been imported and released from biosecurity control (as in it's been given biosecurity clearance) in Australia, is eligible for importation into New Zealand.

An assurance that the third-country pork products have met the requirements of the IHS will be provided in the form of an official letter from the Competent Authority of Australia.

Consultation documents

Draft Import Health Standard: Pig Meat and Pig Meat Products from Australia [PDF, 274 KB]

Draft Risk management proposal: Pig meat and pig meat products from Australia [PDF, 113 KB]

Review of the submissions received during the earlier consultation [PDF, 378 KB]

Related document

NZL 614 WTO notification addenda [PDF, 130 KB]

Making your submission

Email your feedback on the draft documents by 5pm on 4 June 2020 to animal.imports@mpi.govt.nz

Make sure you include in your submission:

  • the title of the consultation document in the subject line of your email
  • your name and title, if applicable
  • your organisation's name (if you're submitting on behalf of an organisation)
  • your contact details (for example, phone number, address and email).

While we prefer email, you can send your submission by post to:

Animal Trade (Imports)
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140
New Zealand.

All submissions received by the closing date will be considered before the amended import health standard (IHS) is issued. MPI may hold late submissions on file for consideration when the issued IHS is next revised or reviewed.

Background to the consultation that closed 21 January 2020

From 19 December 2019 to 21 January 2020, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) invited comment on proposed changes to the import health standard for pig meat and pig meat products from Australia.

The risk management proposal included details of what was changing and the reasons.

Earlier consultation documents for reference only

Import Health Standard: Pig Meat and Pig Meat Products from Australia [PDF, 688 KB]

Risk management proposal: Pig meat and pig meat products from Australia [PDF, 363 KB]

Related document for reference only

WTO notification [PDF, 148 KB]

Steps to finalising the new IHS

After consultation on a draft import health standard, MPI publishes a provisional IHS.

If you made a submission during the consultation, you have 10 working days to notify the Director-General of MPI that you intend to request an independent review. Reviews are limited to whether or not specific scientific evidence was given sufficient consideration.

If no review is requested within 10 working days, then the provisional IHS is confirmed and issued as a standard.

For more information about reviews refer to Section 24 of the Biosecurity Act 1993 (NZ Legislation)

Submissions are public information

Note that any submission you make becomes public information. People can ask for copies of submissions under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA says we have to make submissions available unless we have a good reason for withholding it.  That is explained in sections 6 and 9 of the OIA.

Tell us if you think there are grounds to withhold specific information in your submission. Reasons might include that it's commercially sensitive or it's personal information. However, any decision MPI makes to withhold information can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may tell us to release it.

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