Transhipment requirements for breakbulk cargo and BMSB-risk countries

Sometimes, vehicles and machinery originate in a 'non-BMSB-risk country', but then get transhipped via a 'BMSB-risk country' on their way to New Zealand. Find out what you need to do if this applies to your cargo, and read example scenarios.

Overview

Sometimes, new and used vehicles and machinery are manufactured in (or originate from) a 'non-BMSB-risk country', but then get transhipped via a 'BMSB-risk country' on their way to New Zealand. 'BMSB-risk countries' include:

  • Japan (which is covered in Section 3.6 of the Import Health Standard)
  • Schedule 3 countries (which are covered in Section 3.7 of the IHS).

View a list of Schedule 3 countries

This transhipping process may expose the cargo to the risk of BMSB. Because of this, MPI has conditions you need to meet if you're transhipping via a BMSB-risk country during the BMSB-risk season (September to April of each year). The conditions relate to:

  • keeping treated cargo separate from untreated cargo
  • limits on how long cargo can stay in a BMSB-risk country port.

This page explains the conditions for transhipping via Japan, and via Schedule 3 countries. It reflects the information that you can find in the Import Health Standard for Vehicles, Machinery, and Equipment.

This page also has examples that show how the requirements work and what you would have to do in different scenarios.

If importers don't meet the following transhipping and treatment conditions, then they must meet the requirements of Section 3.6 (for Japan) and Section 3.7 (for Schedule 3 countries) of the IHS. If treatment is used on cargo to meet the requirements of these sections, then there may also be time conditions to meet.

Transhipping through Japan – What conditions apply?

Risk goods transhipped through Japan do not need to meet the requirements of Section 3.6 if the following 2 conditions are met:

  • Transhipped cargo is segregated from untreated cargo in Japan at all times.
  • Transhipped cargo remains at a port (or ports) in Japan for no more than 120 hours before shipping.

A shipping line or importer can exceed 120 hours, and segregation conditions, if an agreement with MPI is issued.  Additional risk management measures will need to occur for MPI to agree to alternative transhipping conditions. To discuss the possibility of making an agreement with MPI, email Standards@mpi.govt.nz.

Transhipping through a Schedule 3 country

Risk goods transhipped through Schedule 3 countries do not need to meet the requirements of Section 3.7 if the following 2 conditions are met:

  • Transhipped cargo is segregated from untreated cargo at all times in any Schedule 3 country.
  • Transhipped cargo remains at the port in a Schedule 3 country for no more than 120 hours before shipping.

List of Schedule 3 countries

MPI has changed the list of countries that need to meet these requirements in Schedule 3 of the new IHS issued on 9 August 2018 to:

  • Austria
  • Bulgaria
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Liechtenstein
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • the USA. 

Examples of transhipping and treatment scenarios

Find out more

Relevant documents

Who to contact

If you have questions about the information on this page, email info@mpi.govt.nz

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