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IMPORTANT – MPI Frozen Semen Importation changes effective 1st March 2020

March 11, 2020

As many of our clients will already know, MPI have implemented a new regulation regarding the physical verification of imported frozen germplasm upon arrival in NZ. Effective from 1st March 2020, a percentage of import shipments will be randomly selected for physical inspection.

A staff member from MVS GlenBred will be required to travel to an approved transitional facility (we have recently sourced an available facility in Hamilton), where the import tank will be opened and the contents of the import (up to 60 straws / vials) will be verified against accompanying import documentation. Should the contents match the paperwork documents only then will the shipment be released by MPI.

Aside from the additional workload this change will bring to importers, it will also unfortunately result in an increase in import costs for our clients as this new legislation creates expenses from MPI inspector time, MPI inspector mileage, freight of shipment from Auckland Air Cargo to the transitional facility in Hamilton, costs to hire the transitional facility for inspection, GlenBred administration time, GlenBred mileage, liquid nitrogen and frozen semen handling equipment.

These new regulations also require that any frozen semen import addressed to Matamata Veterinary Services GlenBred will need to have MVS import contracts signed by clients and export documents sighted by GlenBred prior to the shipment leaving the country of origin.

Below is the information link provided by MPI regarding these changes:

https://www.mpi.govt.nz/dmsdocument/37973-inspection-of-frozen-germplasm-pdf

Feel free to get in touch should you have any further questions about these changes.