Brown marmorated stink bug: requirements for importing vehicles, machinery, and parts

Brown marmorated stink bugs (BMSB) are a serious pest for agriculture and horticulture and can be a social nuisance. We don't want them in New Zealand. If you're importing vehicles, machinery, or parts, check the requirements that may apply to you.

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: Vehicles, Machinery and Parts [PDF, 565 KB]   

Find out about treatment options and providers

Find out about vehicle and machinery systems

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.

IHS requirements tool for vehicles, machinery, and parts

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 31 August 2020).

The 37 countries are:

Albania

Germany

Portugal

Andorra

Greece

Romania

Armenia

Hungary

Russia

Austria

Italy

Serbia

Azerbaijan

Japan

Slovakia

Belgium

Kazakhstan

Slovenia

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Kosovo

Spain

Bulgaria

Liechtenstein

Switzerland

Canada

Luxemburg

Turkey

Croatia

Republic of North Macedonia

Ukraine

Czechia

Moldova

USA (excludes Alaska and Hawaii)

France

Montenegro

 

Georgia

Netherlands

 


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).

Find out about treatment options and providers

Import Health Standard: Vehicles, Machinery and Parts [PDF, 565 KB]

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.

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