Find treatment options and providers
If you are importing or exporting goods you may need to get them treated. Imported goods may need to be treated offshore or on arrival in New Zealand. Check your treatment options and find a treatment provider.
On this page:Treatment options
- Approved New Zealand treatment providers
- Offshore treatment providers
- Requirements for New Zealand treatment providers
If you are importing or exporting goods you want to know how the MPI treatment programme works.
Treatment programme overview and general requirements [PDF, 584 KB]
Check treatment requirements for your product in the relevant import health standard.
Approved biosecurity treatments
For goods that need treatment on arrival for border clearance (for example, if insects were found on arrival), check MPI's Standard: Approved Biosecurity Treatments July 2019.
Approved biosecurity treatments [PDF, 1.1 MB]
Check treatment requirements in the relevant:
- importing country phytosanitary requirements (ICPR) for plant products
- overseas market access requirements for other products
For treatment providers
Detailed information for treatment providers about treatment options (including methyl bromide and insecticide aerosols), treatment provider standards, and how to get approved as a treatment provider is on another web page.
If you need a treatment provider in New Zealand, they must be approved by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) to treat:
- imported risk products on arrival
- products for export to meet destination country requirements.
Find MPI-approved NZ treatment providers [PDF, 240 KB]
Some targeted imported risk goods need to be treated before arrival in New Zealand to prevent the introduction of pathogens (causing diseases) and live pests. New Zealand requires that only registered treatment providers may be used to conduct offshore treatment of targeted risk goods. Where treatment is required, if break-bulk or containerised brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) risk goods (targeted for BMSB management) arrive at the New Zealand border without being treated, it is likely that they will not be allowed to be unloaded and they will be shipped out of New Zealand territory. Such actions will be at the importer’s expense.
However, MPI doesn't approve or require approved offshore treatment providers for all imported risk goods. It is recommended that you check whether your imported products require an approved offshore treatment in the relevant import health standard.
Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) treatment
MPI and the Australian Department of Agriculture introduced the joint Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers' Scheme (the scheme) in the 2018-2019 season. This treatments scheme covers countries that export risk goods to Australia and New Zealand.
The scheme sets out the minimum registration and compliance requirements for approved treatment providers that do BMSB treatments. BMSB treatments cover targeted goods going to Australia and/or New Zealand during the BMSB risk season.
The BMSB treatment rates between the 2 countries have also been aligned to make it easier for shippers, exporters, importers, and treatment providers to comply with the treatment requirements. Treatment providers who meet the scheme requirements will be added to the list of approved offshore BMSB treatment providers by the Australian Department of Agriculture (as the administrators).
Full details about the scheme including registration and re-registration forms, and approved treatment providers are on the Australian Department of Agriculture website.
Approved offshore BMSB treatment providers
(Note, the interim list was replaced on 17 October 2019).
List of approved treatment providers [PDF, 175 KB]
Treatment providers previously registered during the 2018-19 season
Treatment providers that were registered under the scheme during the 2018-19 BMSB season must complete a renewal application for the 2019-20 season to be included on the approved list of treatment providers.
Treatment options may vary according to the consignment type (suitable for BMSB overwintering) and the packing of a consignment (packed so that heat or fumigation treatment is effective).
Consignment preparation for treatment [PDF, 1 MB]
Specific treatment requirements for each treatment option are:
Treatment of containerised risk goods from Italy, and targeted vehicles, machinery and parts from BMSB risk countries
You must meet requirements under the Import Health Standard for Vehicles, Machinery, and Parts.
IHS for Vehicles, Machinery, and Parts [PDF, 565 KB]
Guidance document for Vehicles, Machinery, and Parts [PDF, 2.4 MB]
You'll also need to meet requirements for sea containers.
Approved methyl bromide treatment providers
If you're importing from one of the following countries and your goods require Methyl bromide treatment, we recommend you use a treatment provider approved by that country's biosecurity agency.
Check for acceptable Methyl bromide treatment provider in these and other countries in the Australian Fumigation Accreditation Scheme (AFAS) list.
Treatment providers in New Zealand must:
- meet appropriate standards
- use approved treatment options
- be MPI-approved.
Who to contact
If you have questions about approved treatment providers and treatments, email email@example.com
If you have BMSB specific enquiries, email firstname.lastname@example.org
To report a pest, call our pest and disease hotline on 0800 80 99 66.