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30 July 2019

Update from MPI on Import Health Standards for fresh fruit and vegetables

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.

As a result of this review, MPI has transferred import requirements in existing country:commodity IHSs into a new format, i.e. commodity IHSs. From 30 July to 19 August 2019, MPI will be undertaking a public engagement to seek feedback on the format change (i.e. from ‘country:commodity’ IHS to ‘commodity’ IHS). MPI encourages anyone interested in importing fresh fruits 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.

Full details of the proposed format changes and links to new format IHSs, risk management proposal and draft guidance document for import of fresh fruits and vegetables on the consultations page link below.

Submissions should be sent to plantimports@mpi.govt.nz by 5pm, 19 August 2019.

Additionally, questions related to this engagement should be sent to: plantimports@mpi.govt.nz

 

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