Updates to importing containers and cargoTe whakawātea i ngā puoto nui me ngā utanga i ngā rohenga whenua
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.
Revised IHS in force from 1 September 2020
The revised Sea Containers from All Countries Import Health Standard came into force on 1 September 2020.
Changes that importers should be aware of are:
- the Quarantine Declaration in Schedule 2 must be used from 1 February 2021
- fully-enclosed sea containers from Italy sealed before 1 September and exported before 1 October of the same year are excluded from all brown marmorated stink bug management requirements if evidence of the container sealing is provided (this 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, 571 KB]
Sea Container Quarantine Declaration [DOCX, 19 KB]
MPI-Approved Treatments for Risk Goods [PDF, 913 KB]
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