Updates to importing containers and cargo
If you import containers into New Zealand, you must meet biosecurity requirements. This prevents pests and diseases from getting into the country. Find out the requirements and fees for importing containers and cargo into NZ.
9 September 2020 – Revised IHS
MPI has issued the Sea Containers Import Health Standard. This came into force on 1 September 2020. Importers planning to import sea containers on or after 1 September must comply with this import health standard (IHS).
Changes that importers should be aware of are:
- the use of the Quarantine Declaration in Schedule 2 will have a lead-in period and come into force 1 February 2021. Until 1 February 2021, MPI will accept both forms of the declaration.
- fully-enclosed sea containers from Italy sealed before 1 September and exported before 1 October of the same year are excluded from all BMSB management requirements if evidence of the container sealing is provided (aligns with the vehicles, machinery, and parts Import Health Standard).
The increasing volume of trade and travel is placing extra pressure on New Zealand's biosecurity systems. New pests and diseases impact on human, animal and plant health, affect New Zealand trade in international markets, and can damage the environment – affecting agriculture, forestry, horticultural production, and tourism. Importers are among the most important people in defending against biosecurity risks.
BACC Application Form [PDF, 303 KB]
IHS for Vehicles, Machinery and Parts [PDF, 565 KB]
Sea Container Quarantine Declaration [DOCX, 19 KB]
MPI-Approved Treatments for Risk Goods [PDF, 1.1 MB]
Who to contact
If you have questions about importing containers and cargo, email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have BMSB specific enquiries, email email@example.com