Vehicles & machinery

Vehicles, machinery, tyres, and equipment often carry hitchhiking animals like insects or reptiles, which can threaten our environment. MPI's role is to help importers meet biosecurity requirements to keep New Zealand free from harmful pests and diseases.

Your step-by-step guide to importing vehicles, machinery, and tyres.
Download the import health standard (IHS) for vehicles, machinery, and tyres [PDF, 62 KB]


25 May 2018 – Consultation open on revised IHS

MPI is consulting on changes to the Import Health Standard (IHS) for Vehicles, Machinery and Equipment (previously the IHS for Vehicles, Machinery and Tyres). The revisions are to manage the changing risk profile of vehicles, machinery and equipment from all countries, especially Japan. We're inviting your feedback on the changes until 5pm on 8 June 2018.

14 May 2018 – New IHS pending

The Import Health Standard (IHS) for Vehicles, Machinery and Tyres is due for re-release in the next few months following further consultation.  This is due to large numbers of brown marmorated stink bugs and other live insects found in vehicles and machinery exported from Japan in recent months. Extra requirements for Japan imports are being drafted for inclusion in this proposed IHS.  The final draft of the IHS is expected to be released for a short consultation period by June 2018. The IHS is expected to be finalised shortly after and requirements implemented on 1 September 2018.

The last draft IHS was consulted on in December 2017 following an initial consultation in 2015. Changes were proposed to address the increasing risk of brown marmorated stink bugs from the USA and some European countries.  The name of the IHS was also changed to Vehicles, Machinery and Equipment.

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 tyres, email

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