World Trade Organization notifications

As a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), MPI must consult with other member nations whenever New Zealand changes a sanitary or phytosanitary requirement.


Health standards

New Zealand has the right to set standards for products entering the country. These standards protect the health of our people, plants, and animals – they must also be based on science and help make trade easier. New Zealand records sanitary and phytosanitary requirements primarily in our import health standards.

All notifications MPI makes to the World Trade Organization (WTO) are listed on this web page. Member nations have 60 days to comment on any proposed changes, except when there's an emergency.

Emergency WTO notifications

In the case of genuine emergency measures, MPI can bypass the normal consultation process. For example, MPI might put a stop on cut flowers from some countries because they've had an outbreak of 'sudden oak death', a plant disease not present in New Zealand. However, MPI must revisit the measure in the future. At that time, we do the regular notification for consultation.

Other WTO notifications

If MPI revokes a measure or replaces one, we don't need to consult, but we need to notify the WTO.

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2017 notifications

Proposed amendments to IHS 155.02.05 (seeds for sowing) and requirements for the importation of Pisu

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2016 notifications

Actinidia nursery stock – Includes cuttings (dormant), plants in tissue culture - WTO notification

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Bananas from China - WTO notification

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Emergency Food Standard for Imported Frozen Berry Fruits - WTO notification

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Food notice for importing food to New Zealand - WTO notification

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IHS - Capsicum seed for sowing - WTO notification

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IHS for animal fibre - WTO notification

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IHS for cut flowers and foliage - WTO notification

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IHS for egg products - WTO notification

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IHS for fresh and frozen truffles for consumption

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IHS for natural sausage casings - WTO notification

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IHS for natural sausage casings: Addendum - WTO notification

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IHS for pig semen

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IHS for Processed Animal Manure Products – WTO Notification

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IHS for semen and embryos from horses (Equidae) - WTO Notification

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IHS for truffles for propagation

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IHS for zoo marsupials and monotremes from Australia

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IHS Semen from dogs (Canis familiaris)

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Management of Phellinus noxius in nursery stock hosts (whole plants, including rooted cuttings) from all countries - WTO notification

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Proposal P1039 – Microbiological Criteria for Infant Formula

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Proposals to Amend (No. 1) the New Zealand (Maximum Residue Limits of Agricultural Compounds) Food Standards 2015

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Proposed Craft Risk Management Standard for Vessels - WTO notification

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Risk Management Proposal Rosa nursery stock and Proposed IHS Schedule - WTO notification

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RMP and Proposed IHS Schedule Cucurbitaceae sp seed for sowing from all countries - WTO notification

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Semen and embryos from horses (Equidae)

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2015 notifications

Emergency notification revoking cut flowers from Australia IHS - WTO notification

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IHS for Zoo marsupials and monotremes from Australia - WTO notification

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Notification for P1016 HCN in apricot kernels - WTO notification

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Notification of changes to the Food Act Regulations - WTO notification

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Notification of Cost Recovery Consultation - WTO notification

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Revocation of thirteen animal fibre import health standards - WTO notification

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2014 notifications

Amendment notification MRLs for Food Standards 2014 - WTO notification

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Emergency import requirements to mitigate the risk of the importation of Potato spindle tuber viroid on seed for sowing and nursery stock from all countires - WTO notification

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Emergency import requirements to mitigate the risk of the importation of Potato spindle tuber viroid on seed for sowing and nursery stock from all countires - WTO notification

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Emergency measures for seed for sowing from all countries - WTO notification

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IHS for Animal Fibres - WTO notification

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IHS for Guinea Pigs from Australia - WTO notification

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IHS for Sheep and Goat Genetic Material - WTO notification

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Import specifications and entry conditions for nursery stock imported into New Zealand - WTO notification

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Proposals to Amend the New Zealand (Maximum Residue Limits of Agricultural Compounds) Food Standards 2014 - WTO notification

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Proposals to Amend the New Zealand (Maximum Residue Limits of Agricultural Compounds) Food Standards 2014 - WTO notification

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Revocation of IHS for specific bee products from Australia - WTO notification

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Specified Foods for Human Consumption Containing Animal Products - WTO notification

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Suspension of cut flowers and foliage from the United States of America and Canada due to risk of Phytophthora ramorum - WTO notification

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2013 notifications

Amendment to fresh produce IHS for irradation of fresh Capsicum and Tomato from Australia - WTO notification

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IHS Commodity Sub-class: Fresh Fruit/Vegetables - Dragon fruit from Viet Nam - WTO notification

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IHS Commodity Sub-class: Fresh Fruit/Vegetables - Mangosteen from Indonesia - WTO notification

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IHS for Asian Elephants from Australia and Sri Lanka - WTO notification

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IHS for Duck meat - WTO notification

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IHS for Duck Meat and Duck Meat Products - WTO notification

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IHS for Laboratory Animals and Germplasm - WTO notification

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IHS for Zoo Tasmanian Devils from Australia - WTO notification

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IHS Onions from China - WTO notification

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New import requirements for apple seed for sowing from all countries - WTO notification

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Proposals to Amend (No. 2) the New Zealand (Maximum Residue Limits of Agricultural Compounds) Food Standards 2012 - WTO notification

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Proposals to Amend the New Zealand (Maximum Residue Limits of Agricultural Compounds) Food Standards 2012 - WTO notification

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Proposals to Amend the New Zealand (Maximum Residue Limits of Agricultural Compounds) Food Standards 2012 - WTO notification

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2012 notifications

Amended IHS for Capsicums, Cucumbers, Scallopini, Tomatoes and Zucchini from Australia - WTO notification

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Amended IHS to address concerns over norovirus - WTO notification

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Amended Importation and Clearance of Fresh Fruit and Vegetables into New Zealand from the Netherlands - WTO notification

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Amended phytosanitary requirements for Citrus seed for sowing imported into New Zealand - WTO notification

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Emergency Import requirements to mitigate the risk of the importation of Drosophila suzukii on apricots from the United States of America to New Zealand - WTO notification

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IHS for Alpacas and Llamas from Australia and United States of America - WTO notification

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IHS for Animal Fibres - WTO notification

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IHS for Bulk Inorganic Fertiliser (including guano) - WTO notification

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IHS for Commercial Poultry Hatching Eggs and Specific-Pathogen-Free Chicken Eggs - WTO notification

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IHS for fresh table grapes (Vitis vinifera L.) for consumption from Peru - WTO notification

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IHS for horse by-products for further processing from specified South American countries and Mexico - WTO notification

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IHS for Pig Semen - WTO notification

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IHS for Pig Semen - WTO notification

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Import requirements for fresh island cabbage leaves from Fiji, Samoa, Vanuatu, Cook Islands and Kingdom of Tonga - WTO notification

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Import requirements to mitigate the risk of the importation of Drosophila suzukii on host fruit from Mexico - WTO notification

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Imported Food Requirement: Puffer Fish (Tetraodontidae) - WTO notification

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Proposals to Amend (No. 1) the New Zealand (Maximum Residue Limits of Agricultural Compounds) Food Standards 2012, MPI Discussion Paper No: 2012/17 - WTO notification

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Proposals to Amend (No. 2) the New Zealand (Maximum Residue Limits of Agricultural Compounds) Food Standards 2011, MAF Discussion Paper No: 2012/5 - WTO notification

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Proposals to Amend (No. 2) the New Zealand (Maximum Residue Limits of Agricultural Compounds) Food Standards 2012, MPI Discussion Paper No: 2012/17 - WTO notification

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Revocation of IHS for importation of Atlantic salmon salted skins from Tasmania, Australia - WTO notification

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Revocation of IHS for importation of cooked ratite meat products from Australia - WTO notification

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Revocation of IHS for liquid berley, berley straps, berley blocks and lure skirts from Australia and the IHS for marine fish meal from all countries - WTO notification

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