Vehicles & machinery

Vehicles and equipment often carry hitchhiking animals like insects or reptiles, which can threaten our environment. MPI's role is to help importers meet biosecurity requirements to keep New Zealand free from harmful pests and diseases.

IHS updates

5 December – Consultation on the IHS for Vehicles, Machinery and Equipment

From 5 December 2017 to 29 January 2018 the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) invites comment on proposed changes to the  Import Health Standard for Vehicles, Machinery and Equipment (formerly Vehicles, Machinery and Tyres) and related documents.

25 August – IHS re-issued

MPI has made an urgent amendment to the Import Health Standard (IHS) for vehicles, machinery and tyres, including components and parts for specific items from Italy. This is to manage the risk of brown marmorated stink bug infestation in these items.

What's changed?

The IHS now includes targeted management of vehicles, machinery and other equipment (including tyres) from Italy during the Northern Hemisphere risk season.
These items must be treated according to the new requirements from 1 September to 30 April.

This import process is for:

  • new and used cars, and other vehicles
  • new and used tyres
  • rural and building machinery
  • equipment and parts
  • aircraft arriving as cargo
  • seacraft arriving as cargo.

Importing related products

Processes for importing products related to vehicles, machinery, and tyres are elsewhere on the website. Follow these steps if you're:

Who to contact

If you have a question about importing vehicles, machinery, or tyres, email

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