Proposed changes to the import health standard for sea containers
Have your say
From 14 May 2020 to 17 July 2020, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) invites comment on proposed changes to the Import Health Standard for Sea Containers from All Countries.
The proposals include:
- changes to wording, layout, and ordering of the requirements for clarity
- an extension of the brown marmorated stick bug requirements for sea containers from Italy
- the inclusion of the quarantine declaration as a schedule.
Full details of the proposed changes are in the consultation documents.
- Risk management proposal: Sea containers from all countries [PDF, 527 KB]
- Draft Import Health Standard: Sea Containers from All Countries [PDF, 704 KB]
- NZL 626 WTO notification [PDF, 151 KB]
Making your submission
Email your feedback on the draft by 5pm on Friday, 17 July 2020 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
Consultation on IHS for Sea Containers from All Countries
Treatments and Inanimate Pathways Group
Biosecurity New Zealand
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
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.
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:
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.
MPI must consult with interested parties in accordance with section 23 of the Biosecurity Act 1993 (the Act) and MPI's consultation policy before issuing or amending (other than of minor or urgent nature) import health standards (IHS) under sections 24A and 24B of the Act.
An IHS specifies import requirements that must be met either in the country of origin or of export, or during transit before biosecurity clearance can be given for the goods to enter New Zealand. MPI must ensure that these requirements are technically justified and provide an appropriate level of biosecurity protection.
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