Containers and cargo

All containers, with or without cargo, imported into New Zealand must meet biosecurity requirements to prevent the introduction of pests and diseases. MPI can help importers meet these requirements.


3 April 2019 – Revised Import Health Standard

MPI has reviewed the Import Health Standard for Sea Containers (the IHS) and wants your feedback on proposed changes. The IHS was last updated in October 2018 when some minor changes were made to remove ambiguities and fix some small errors.

This consultation runs from 3 April to 3 June 2019.

30 August 2018 – Urgent amendment for sea containers from Italy for brown marmorated stink bug season

New requirements for all sea containers from Italy for brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) come into force on 1 September 2018.

From 1 September 2018 to 30 April 2019 and 1 September 2019 to 30 April 2020, all sea containers from Italy must be treated for BMSB.  All treatments must be approved and done by an approved treatment provider.

If you are concerned that containerised goods or packaging will be affected or damaged by the approved treatments, check our treatment information and then contact MPI for available options by emailing:

For all sea containers from Italy that contain vehicles, machinery, or other equipment:

Importer responsibilities

The increasing volume of trade and travel is placing extra pressure on New Zealand's biosecurity systems. New pests and diseases impact on human, animal and plant health, affect New Zealand trade in international markets, and can damage the environment – affecting agriculture or horticultural production, forestry, and tourism. Importers are among the most important people in defending against biosecurity risks.

Who to contact

If you have questions about importing containers and cargo, email

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