Plant Importation

Plant & Food Research offers post-entry quarantine (PEQ) services for the importation of plant material into New Zealand on behalf of clients.

Plant & Food Research provides services for the importation of whole plants, seedlings, budwood, tissue culture, seed and ornamentals.

We operate a range of MPI-approved plant quarantine facilities across New Zealand:

Level 1  

  • Palmerston North
  • Lincoln

Level 2 

  • Hawke’s Bay
  • Palmerston North
  • Lincoln

Level 3 

  • Palmerston North

Diagnostic laboratory 

  • Palmerston North

Our diagnostics laboratory is approved by MPI Biosecurity New Zealand to conduct a range of pre-determined tests for plants in quarantine, including herbaceous and woody plant indexing, and specific molecular tests for plant viruses.

Plant & Food Research has sold the building in Palmerston North that houses Plant & Food Research’s level 3 plant quarantine facility and diagnostic laboratory. Since these facilities were first accredited 10 years ago it has been used to import a range of plant material.  The current facilities will operate until May 2019.

As a consequence of the relatively long lead in time for quarantine inspection the following cut off dates for receiving new material into Level 3 PEQ will apply:

Effective immediately:  No more Vitis canes will be accepted.  No more Malus or Pyrus budwood from facilities without offshore accreditation will be accepted. 

March 2017:  Last date for acceptance of Fragaria material

November 2017:  Last date for acceptance of Rubus/Vaccinium tissue culture material and Rubus seed

June 2018: Last date for acceptance of Actinidia and Vaccinium seed

Plant & Food Research has established a working group to consider options for plant germplasm importations beyond May 2019. 

Plant & Food Research reserves the right not to receive any new material (depending on the implications of the new MPI Import Health Standards and Facility Standards).

Any queries should be directed to As future plans develop, updates will be posted on this website.

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