Vehicles, machinery and equipment

Vehicles, machinery, and equipment (including tyres) often carry soil, plant matter, and animals. MPI's role is to help importers meet biosecurity requirements to keep New Zealand free from contaminants, pests, and diseases which can threaten our environment.


3 April 2019 – Revised Import Health Standard

MPI has reviewed the Import Health Standard for Vehicles, Machinery and Equipment (the IHS) and wants your feedback on the proposed changes. The IHS was last updated in August 2018.

This consultation runs from 3 April to 3 June 2019.

1 September 2018 – New IHS requirements in force (with some exclusions)

  • As of 1 September you must meet the requirements relating to the brown marmorated stink bug risk season under the new IHS. The risk season runs from 1 September 2018 until 30 April 2019.
  • From 1 December 2018 you must certify used machinery, and heat treat and certify used wire cables. Used machinery and wire cables must still be free of biosecurity contaminants and pests. If they aren’t MPI may refuse their release from vessels and you’ll have to reship them.

29 August 2018 – Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) season resources

Biosecurity New Zealand has 2 new documents available to help importers, agents, shipping lines, and ports understand their role in making sure cargo arrives without BMSB risk.

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 equipment, email

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