Find treatment options and providers
If you are importing or exporting goods you may need to get them treated. Imported goods may need to be treated offshore or on arrival in New Zealand. Check your treatment options and find a treatment provider.
On this page:Treatment options
- Approved NZ treatment providers
- Offshore treatment providers
- Requirements for NZ treatment providers
If you are importing or exporting goods you may need to get them treated.
- Treatment Programme Overview and General Requirements [PDF, 584 KB]
Check treatment requirements for your product in the relevant import health standard.
For goods that need treatment on arrival for border clearance (for example, if insects were found on arrival), check MPI's Standard: Approved Biosecurity Treatments July 2019.
- Approved biosecurity treatments [PDF, 1.4 MB]
Check treatment requirements in the relevant:
- importing country phytosanitary requirements (ICPR) for plant products
- overseas market access requirements for other products
For treatment providers
Detailed information for treatment providers about treatment options (including methyl bromide and insecticide aerosols), treatment provider standards, and how to get approved as a treatment provider is on another web page.
If you need a treatment provider in New Zealand, they must be approved by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) to treat:
- imported risk products on arrival
- products for export to meet destination country requirements.
Find MPI-approved NZ treatment providers [PDF, 146 KB]
Some targeted imported risk goods need to be treated using fumigation or heat before arrival in New Zealand to prevent the introduction of pathogens (causing diseases) and live pests. New Zealand requires that only registered treatment providers may be used to conduct offshore treatment of targeted risk goods. Where treatment is required, if break-bulk or containerised BMSB risk goods (targeted for BMSB management) arrive at the NZ Border without being treated, it is likely that they will not be allowed to be unloaded and they will be shipped out of New Zealand territory; and such actions will be at the importer’s expense.
However, MPI doesn't approve or require approved offshore treatment providers for all imported risk goods. It is recommended that you check whether your imported products require an approved offshore treatment in the relevant Import Health Standard.
Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) treatment
MPI and the Australian Department of Agriculture introduced the joint Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers Scheme (the scheme) in the 2018-2019 season. This treatments scheme is based in countries that export risk goods to Australia and New Zealand.
The scheme sets out the minimum registration and compliance requirements for approved treatment providers that conduct BMSB treatments. BMSB treatments cover targeted goods going to Australia and/or New Zealand during the 2019–2020 BMSB risk season.
The BMSB treatment rates between the 2 countries have also been aligned. This will make it easier for shippers, exporters, importers, and treatment providers to comply with treatment requirements. Treatment providers who meet the scheme requirements will be added to the 2019-2020 list of approved offshore BMSB treatment providers by the Australian Department of Agriculture (as the administrators). The revision of this list is anticipated for later in 2019.
Full details about the scheme including registration/re-registration forms, and approved treatment providers for 2019-2020 can be found as follows:
Treatment options may vary according to the consignment type (suitable for BMSB overwintering) and the packing of a consignment (packed so that heat or fumigation treatment is effective).
Review the consignment treatment recommendations [PDF, 1 MB]
Specific treatment recommendations for each treatment option is listed below:
Interim Approval for Treatment Providers Previously Registered in 2018-19 for New Zealand only
Treatment providers that were previously registered under the scheme during the 2018-2019 BMSB season are approved in the interim by MPI for the beginning of the 2019–2020 BMSB season for New Zealand only. This interim approval is granted until such time as the full list of treatment providers is finalised for the entire 2019–2020 BMSB season.
Treatment of Containerised Risk goods from Italy, and Treatment of Targeted Vehicles, Machinery and Parts from BMSB Risk Countries.
All BMSB treatment must be conducted by approved treatment providers in BMSB risk countries (for containerised risk goods from Italy or listed in Schedule 3 of the Import Health Standard for Vehicles, Machinery and Parts) must register and be approved under the scheme to be able to conduct approved BMSB treatments. Refer to the following Import Health Standards:
Treatment providers previously registered during the 2018-19 season
Treatment providers that were registered under the scheme during the 2018-19 BMSB season must complete a renewal application for the 2019-20 season to be included on the approved list of treatment providers.
Approved methyl bromide treatment providers
If you're importing from one of the following countries and your goods require Methyl bromide treatment, we recommend you use a treatment provider approved by that country's biosecurity agency.
Check for acceptable Methyl bromide treatment provider in these and other countries in the Australian Fumigation Accreditation Scheme (AFAS) list.
Treatment providers in New Zealand must:
- meet appropriate standards
- use approved treatment options
- be MPI-approved.
Who to contact
If you have questions about approved treatment providers and treatments, email email@example.com
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