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, become familiar with how the MPI treatment programme works.

Treatment programme overview and general requirements [PDF, 584 KB]

For importers

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

Find the import health standard for your commodity

Approved biosecurity treatments

For goods that need treatment on arrival for border clearance (for example, if insects were found on arrival), check the Standard: Approved biosecurity treatments [PDF, 1.1 MB]

For exporters

Treatment requirements will be in the ICPR or the OMAR.

importing country phytosanitary requirements (ICPR) for plant products

Overseas market access requirements (OMAR) for other products

Are you a treatment provider?

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.

How to find 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, 238 KB]

About offshore treatment and 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, Water and the Environment 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 to undertake BMSB treatments on targeted goods going to Australia or New Zealand during the BMSB risk season.

The BMSB treatment rates and certification are 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, Water and the Environment (as the administrators).

Full details about the scheme including registration and re-registration forms, and approved treatment providers are on the Australian department website.

Australia-New Zealand Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers’ Scheme

Approved offshore BMSB treatment providers

List of approved offshore BMSB treatment providers – Australian department

The approved offshore BMSB treatment provider list does not include treatment providers in Australia or New Zealand.  This is because New Zealand bound goods are not permitted to be treated for BMSB in Australia on the way to New Zealand, and vice-versa.

Japan

MPI requires BMSB management for vehicles, machinery, and parts from Japan, whereas Australia does not. MPI has approved additional treatment providers in Japan.

List of Japan approved treatment providers [PDF, 175 KB]

Treatment providers need to re-register

Treatment providers that were registered under the offshore scheme during the 2019-20 BMSB season must complete a renewal application to the Australian Department for the 2020-21 season to be included on the approved list of treatment providers.

Consignment suitability

Treatment options may vary according to the consignment type and the packing of a consignment must be suitable so that heat or fumigation treatment is effective. Exporters need to prepare the consignment properly for treatment or the treatment provider may refuse to treat it causing the consignment to miss the ship. Talk to your provider before packing.

Consignment preparation for treatment [PDF, 1 MB]

Specific treatment requirements for each treatment option are:

Standards and documents for biosecurity treatments

​​​Treatments applied for biosecurity purposes are part of measures used in managing the risk of introduction of exotic pests and diseases. These treatments are only effective when conducted correctly.

It is important that all treatment providers understand and follow the requirements to effectively treat consignments for import into New Zealand.

Our standards outlining best practice methodologies for applying biosecurity treatments are below.

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Heat treatment

Methodology

The heat treatment methodology sets out the minimum requirements for treatment providers performing heat treatments on commodities and/or associated packaging for quarantine and pre-shipment purposes.

Documentation and templates

BMSB treatment providers should use the below templates for BMSB heat treatment certification and records.

Document

Pages

File size

Heat treatment methodology PDF

14

1.4 MB

Heat treatment methodology DOCX

14

1.3 MB

BMSB Heat treatment certificate – template DOC

1

40 KB

How to complete a BMSB heat treatment certificate PDF

2

25 KB

How to complete a BMSB heat treatment certificate DOCX

2

32 KB

BMSB Record of heat treatment – template DOC

1

33 KB

If you have difficulty accessing these files, refer to Treatments, fumigants and providers (Australian department)

Methyl bromide fumigation

Methodology and guide

The Methyl Bromide Fumigation Methodology sets out the minimum requirements for treatment providers performing methyl bromide fumigations on commodities and/or associated packaging for quarantine and pre-shipment purposes.

The guide to performing QPS fumigation with methyl bromide provides informative information on the various methods and techniques that can be used to ensure that fumigators perform fumigations that meet the requirements of the methodology. This document should be read in conjunction with the Methyl Bromide Fumigation Methodology

Documentation

Offshore and onshore BMSB treatment providers should use the BMSB specific templates for their fumigation certification and records. For all other treatments, the generic fumigation templates must be used.

Methodology and Guide

Document

Pages

File size

Methyl bromide fumigation methodology PDF

31

2.7 MB

Methyl bromide fumigation methodology DOCX

31

13.4 MB

Guide to performing QPS fumigation with methyl bromide PDF

46

1.1 MB

Guide to performing QPS fumigation with methyl bromide DOCX

46

656 KB

BMSB methyl bromide treatment certificate and treatment records templates

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Pages

File size

BMSB methyl bromide fumigation certificate – template DOC

1

36 KB

How to complete a BMSB methyl bromide fumigation certificate PDF

2

25 KB

How to complete a BMSB methyl bromide fumigation certificate DOCX

2

28 KB

BMSB Record of methyl bromide fumigation – imperial – template DOC

1

35 KB

BMSB Record of methyl bromide fumigation – metric – template DOC

1

149 KB

 

Generic methyl bromide treatment certificates and treatment record templates

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Pages

File size

Methyl bromide fumigation certificate – template DOC

1

76​ KB

Record of methyl bromide fumigation – template DOCX

1

146 KB

Record of methyl bromide fumigation for perishables – template DOCX

1

40 KB

If you have difficulty accessing these files, refer to Treatments, fumigants and providers (Austraian department)

Sulfuryl fluoride fumigation

Methodology

The Sulfuryl Fluoride Fumigation Methodology sets out the minimum requirements for BMSB treatment providers performing sulfuryl fluoride fumigations on commodities and/or associated packaging for quarantine and pre-shipment purposes.

Documentation

BMSB treatment providers should use the below templates for their sulfuryl fluoride fumigation certification and records.

Note: there are separate certificate and treatment record templates for treatment providers using a third party approved program and for those that are not using an approved third party approved program.

The approved third party programs are:

  • Douglas Products Fumiguide
  • Ensystex II, Inc Fumicalc

Document

Pages

File size

Sulfuryl fluoride fumigation methodology PDF

31

1.1 MB

Sulfuryl fluoride fumigation methodology DOCX

31

776 KB

BMSB sulfuryl fluoride fumigation certificate – third party approved program – template DOC

1

52 KB

BMSB sulfuryl fluoride fumigation certificate – template DOC

3

132 KB

How to complete a BMSB sulfuryl fluoride fumigation certificate PDF

1

25 KB

How to complete a BMSB sulfuryl fluoride fumigation certificate DOCX

1

32 KB

BMSB Record of sulfuryl fluoride fumigation – third party approved program – template DOC

1

149 KB

BMSB Record of sulfuryl fluoride fumigation – template DOC

1

148 KB

Insecticide treatment for water and aircraft (New Zealand only)

Consignment preparation

The documents below set out the minimum requirements for performing insecticide treatments on watercraft and aircraft and/or associated packaging imported as cargo for BMSB purposes as per the Approved Biosecurity Treatments Standard VCE1e.

2020 Insecticide Consignment suitability [PDF, 202 KB]

Documentation

Insecticide applicators should use the below template for BMSB insecticide treatment certification and records.

Insecticide BMSB Treatment Certificate example [DOCX, 25 KB]

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]

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, 304 KB]

Approved methyl bromide treatment providers

If you're importing general cargo 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. 

Find registered offshore treatment providers in AFAS – Australian Government

Australia

Class 4.1: Heat

Class 12.1: Methyl bromide

Class 12.2: Sulfuryl fluoride

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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