Cut flowers & foliage

Fresh cut flowers and foliage imported for decorative purposes need to meet New Zealand's biosecurity requirements. MPI helps importers meet these requirements, to prevent the introduction of pests and diseases.



Importer responsibilities

Importers are among the most important people in defending against biosecurity risks. New pests and diseases can not only impact on human health, but also damage agricultural or horticultural production, forestry, and tourism, and affect trade in international markets.

If you observe an organism not normally seen in New Zealand, contact MPI as soon as possible on 0800 80 99 66.

Who to contact

If you have a question about importing cut flowers and foliage, email plantimports@mpi.govt.nz.

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