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.

Check treatment requirements

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]

For importers

Check treatment requirements for your product in the relevant import health standard.

Find the import health standard for your goods

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, 1.4 MB]

For exporters

Check treatment requirements in the relevant:

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.

Approved NZ treatment providers

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, 574 KB]

Offshore treatment providers 

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

2019-20 list of approved offshore BMSB treatment providers – Australian Department of Agriculture

(Note, the interim list was replaced on 17 October 2019).

Australia

Class 4.1: Heat

Class 12.1: Methyl bromide

Class 12.2: Sulfuryl fluoride

Japan

List of approved treatment providers [PDF, 133 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.

Consignment suitability

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, 783 KB]

Guidance document for Vehicles, Machinery, and Parts [PDF, 2.4 MB]

Search for BMSB import conditions with the IHS summary tool

You'll also need to meet requirements for sea containers. 

Import Health Standard for Sea Containers

List of sea container cargo considered sensitive to treatment [PDF, 295 KB]

Search for BMSB container import conditions with the summary tool for the sea container IHS

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. 

Requirements for NZ treatment providers

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 standards@mpi.govt.nz

If you have BMSB specific enquiries, email bmsb@mpi.govt.nz

To report a pest, call our pest and disease hotline on 0800 80 99 66.

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