Check if your vehicles, machinery, or parts require BMSB management
If you are importing vehicles, machinery and parts to New Zealand, check the import health standard to find out if there are BMSB requirements to meet. The requirements are found under the relevant commodity sections.
Two BMSB management options are available for commodities:
- MPI-approved system management
- treatment before the cargo arrives in New Zealand.
Note, some types of vehicles, machinery, and parts may be excluded from these measures.
Import health standard requirements tool for vehicles, machinery, and parts
The Ministry for Primary Industries has developed a tool to help you quickly check the import requirements that apply to different vehicles, machinery, and parts. You should refer to the import health standard (IHS) for documentation requirements, definitions and commodity information, and other helpful guidance which will help you ensure your imports arrive compliant.
BMSB risk season – when the measures apply
The BMSB risk season begins on 1 September. The measures apply to target vehicles, machinery, and parts exported on or after this date, and which will arrive in New Zealand before or on 30 April.
There is one exception to this rule: BMSB management is not required if target vehicles, machinery, and parts are loaded into a fully enclosed container which is sealed before 1 September and then exported before 1 October of the same year.
To use this exception you will need to provide evidence of container sealing in the form of the seal number and a date-stamped photo. More details are in the import health standard.
The countries BMSB management applies to
BMSB management measures apply if you're importing target vehicles, machinery, or parts from the countries listed in schedule 3 of the import health standard (issued 12 August 2021).
The 38 countries are:
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||Kosovo||Slovenia|
|Croatia||Republic of North Macedonia||Turkey|
|France||Montenegro||USA (excludes Alaska and Hawaii)|
Treating vehicles, machinery, and parts for BMSB
Treatment of vehicles, machinery, and parts will only comply with BMSB management measures if it is carried out by an MPI-approved offshore treatment provider before arrival in New Zealand.
Note that there are no MPI-approved treatment providers in Australia. Goods bound for New Zealand cannot be treated for BMSB in Australia.
If vehicles, machinery, and parts have been treated (as opposed to being managed by a system), importers also need to meet post-treatment conditions before MPI will accept the offshore treatment. These conditions are listed in section 9.1 of the import health standard. The conditions depend on how the goods are exported to New Zealand (for example, whether the goods are in an enclosed container or shipped as a break-bulk consignment).
Transshipping through a BMSB-risk country on the way to New Zealand
Vehicles, machinery, and parts may be manufactured in (or originate from) a non-BMSB-risk country but be transshipped through a BMSB-risk country on their way to New Zealand. Transshipping during the BMSB season may expose the cargo to the risk of BMSB. As a result, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has transhipping requirements which must be met.
These requirements are listed in section 9.2 of the import health standard. The conditions depend on how the goods are exported to New Zealand (for example, whether the goods are in an enclosed container or shipped as a break-bulk consignment).
Transshipping through a non-BMSB-risk country for treatment or repacking on the way to New Zealand
Vehicles, machinery, and parts may be transshipped through a non-BMSB-risk country for repacking or treatment if required on their way to New Zealand. When this happens, you will need to make sure the correct country of origin is listed, and the correct documents are submitted to MPI.
When treatment happens in a non-BMSB-risk country, the BMSB post-treatment requirements listed in section 9.1 of the import health standard do not apply.