Transshipping cargo through a non-BMSB risk country for treatment or repacking

Find out what you need to do to meet brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) requirements when transshipping through non-BMSB countries.

Transshipping goods through Singapore

Compliant* vehicles, machinery, or parts from Schedule 3 countries which are transshipped through Singapore on the way to New Zealand, are not required to meet the transshipping requirements of Section 4.7 of the Vehicles, Machinery and Parts Import Health Standard (the IHS).

Singapore is not a Schedule 3 country therefore the time and segregation requirements aimed to reduce BMSB risk are not required.

*Compliant is vehicles, machinery or parts that are treated or system managed for BMSB.

BMSB treatments in Singapore or other non-risk countries

Treatments can occur in Singapore (or another non-Schedule 3 country) to meet BMSB requirements.

  1. There are no requirements around shipping or segregation when goods are treated in a non-schedule 3 country. 
  2. A sea container from Italy or vehicles, machinery, and parts from Schedule 3 countries can be treated in Singapore providing the treatment is performed by a provider on the MPI Offshore Approved Treatment List.
  3. If vehicles, machinery, and parts from Schedule 3 countries are treated in Singapore to meet BMSB management requirements, the relevant post-treatment requirements of Section 4.6 of the IHS don’t apply. 

Repacking goods from BMSB-risk countries or sea containers from Italy, in Singapore

MPI's target evaluation team rely on the importer/agent to declare the true origin of the goods to determine if BMSB management requirements apply. Transshipping through Singapore does not negate the need to meet the BMSB requirements of the Vehicles, Machinery and parts IHS or the Sea Containers from All Countries IHS.

Vehicles, Machinery and Parts IHS [PDF, 775 KB]

Sea Containers from All Countries IHS [PDF, 614 KB] 

Repacking goods from Schedule 3 countries into other FAK containers in Singapore

If vehicles, machinery, and parts from Schedule 3 countries are treated at origin, transhipped through Singapore, and repacked into new FAK containers along with other cargo, the treatment certificate for the vehicles, machinery, and parts consignments need to be submitted to MPI as part of the FAK/LCL lodgement. 

Repacking goods from an Italian sea container into other FAK containers in Singapore

MPI does not recommend the repacking of risk goods in Singapore if possible (especially for scenarios 2 and 3 given below).

The scenarios could lead to non-compliance across multiple FAK containers and/or increased FAK interventions due to sensitive goods being subject to inspection on arrival. If repacking is carried out, make sure the scenario guidance is followed to ensure goods will be compliant with MPI’s BMSB management measures. 

Scenario 1

If the sea container (and inner goods) is treated in Italy, transshipped through Singapore and repacked into new FAK containers with other cargo, every consignment from that original Italian sea container must have a treatment certificate to show that the goods were treated for BMSB. Submit the certificate to MPI as part of the FAK/LCL lodgement.

Scenario 2

If the sea container (and inner goods) is made up of a mixture of treatable goods (treated in Italy) and sensitive goods, is transshipped through Singapore and repacked into new FAK containers, the treatment certificate must still be presented to MPI for the treated goods. Submit the certificate to MPI as part of the FAK/LCL lodgement. The sensitive goods are still subject to inspection on arrival as per the IHS. 

Scenario 3

If a sea container from Italy contains multiple consignments of only sensitive goods and is transshipped through Singapore and repacked into FAK containers, the sensitive goods are still subject to inspection on arrival as per the IHS.

Who to contact

If you have questions about BMSB measures, email bmsb@mpi.govt.nz

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