Vehicles, machinery and equipment

Vehicles, machinery, and equipment (including tyres) often carry soil, plant matter, and animals. MPI's role is to help importers meet biosecurity requirements to keep New Zealand free from contaminants, pests, and diseases which can threaten our environment.

Your step-by-step guide to importing vehicles, machinery, and equipment.
Download the new Import Health Standard (IHS) for Vehicles, Machinery, and Equipment.

UPDATES

1 September 2018 – New IHS requirements in force (with some exclusions)

  • As of 1 September you must meet the requirements relating to the brown marmorated stink bug risk season under the new IHS. The risk season runs from 1 September 2018 until 30 April 2019.
  • From 1 December 2018 you must certify used machinery, and heat treat and certify used wire cables. Used machinery and wire cables must still be free of biosecurity contaminants and pests. If they aren’t MPI may refuse their release from vessels and you’ll have to reship them.

29 August 2018 – Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) season resources

Biosecurity New Zealand has 2 new documents available to help importers, agents, shipping lines, and ports understand their role in making sure cargo arrives without BMSB risk.

24 August 2018 – Amendment to the new IHS

MPI has made some minor changes to the IHS for Vehicles, Machinery and Equipment that was released on 9 August 2018.

Since this IHS was issued, we've received a range of questions around what goods are under the IHS scope.

MPI has made some minor changes to the IHS to clarify:

  • goods under the IHS
  • types of identifiers that MPI-approved systems should have on their vehicles and machinery
  • definition of 'equipment' – this was previously defined under both 'machinery' and 'equipment' causing confusion. Wording referring to 'equipment' has now been removed from the 'machinery' definition.

The IHS for Vehicles, Machinery and Equipment was reissued as of 24 August 2018 and the minor amendments listed in the document history table. Other details have not changed.

We are working with overseas government agencies, embassies, shipping lines, exporters, importers, and vehicle and machinery associations affected by the new requirements to ensure they are ready to comply.

9 August 2018 – Release of new IHS for Vehicles, Machinery, and Equipment

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has released the new Import Health Standard (IHS) for Vehicles, Machinery, and Equipment. We're introducing stricter measures to make sure imported vehicles and machinery are free of biosecurity contaminants like brown marmorated stink bug.

  • Requirements relating to brown marmorated stink bug risk season come into force 1 September 2018 (the risk season runs to 30 April 2019).
  • Requirements for cleaning and certifying used machinery, and heat treating and certifying used wire cables come into force 1 December 2018. 

We've been working with overseas government agencies, embassies, shipping lines, exporters, importers, and vehicle and machinery associations affected by the new requirements to ensure they are ready to comply. 

Download a summary of the changes to the IHS [PDF, 390 KB]

This import process is for:

  • new and used cars, and other vehicles
  • new and used tyres
  • rural and building machinery
  • equipment and parts
  • aircraft arriving as cargo
  • seacraft arriving as cargo.

Importing related products

Processes for importing products related to vehicles, machinery, and tyres are elsewhere on the website. Follow these steps if you're:

Who to contact

If you have a question about importing vehicles, machinery, or equipment, email standards@mpi.govt.nz

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