Brown marmorated stink bug requirements
MPI is working to reduce the risk of brown marmorated stink bugs (BMSBs) getting into New Zealand. Stink bugs are a serious pest for agriculture and horticulture and can be a social nuisance. If you're importing vehicles, machinery or parts there are requirements you must meet.
On this page:
- BMSB measures for target vehicles, machinery and parts
- BMSB requirements for sea containers
- BMSB season
- If your cargo is transshipping via a BMSB-risk country
- If your cargo is being treated in a BMSB-risk country
NEW IMPORT HEALTH STANDARDS
On 22 July 2019, we released revised vehicle and sea container import health standards with the 2019-2020 brown marmorated stink bugs (BMSB) season requirements.
Ensure you are using the latest standard
You must meet requirements under the Import Health Standard for Vehicles, Machinery, and Parts.
- IHS for Vehicles, Machinery, and Parts [PDF, 775 KB]
- Guidance document for Vehicles, Machinery, and Parts [PDF, 2.4 MB]
And the Import Health Standard for Sea Containers.
- IHS for Sea Containers from All Countries [PDF, 614 KB] [PDF, 620 KB]
- Guidance document for the IHS for Sea Containers from All Countries [PDF, 620 KB]
- Notice to industry [PDF, 137 KB]
If you're importing targeted vehicles, machinery or parts from certain countries you must meet certain MPI requirements to manage the risk of brown marmorated stink bugs (BMSBs) getting into New Zealand. The list of countries that need to meet these requirements are in Schedule 3 of the vehicles, machinery and parts IHS issued on 22 July 2019.
These 33 countries are:
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You must provide documentation to MPI showing your cargo meets the requirements of the IHS for Vehicles, Machinery and Parts. If your cargo requires BMSB management under the Standard there is the option of MPI-Approved System management or treatment with an MPI-Approved Treatment before the cargo arrives in New Zealand.
The definition of vehicles, machinery and parts is broad – check which goods are included for BMSB requirements in the IHS by using the specific definitions provided.
Sea Containers from Italy must also meet BMSB requirements during the BMSB season. Containers (and inner goods) require treatment with an MPI-Approved Treatment before arrival in New Zealand.
The risk season is from 1 September until 30 April. Note, MPI may apply emergency measures if we find BMSB infestations.
Sometimes, new and used vehicles,machinery and parts are manufactured in (or originate from) a 'non-BMSB-risk country', but then get transshipped via a 'BMSB-risk country' on their way to New Zealand. This transshipping may expose the cargo to the risk of BMSB. Because of this, MPI has requirements you need to meet if you're transshipping during the BMSB-risk season (September to April of each year).
We've prepared information to help you understand what you need to do if you're transshipping your cargo through a BMSB-risk country before it arrives in New Zealand.
Target new or used vehicles, machinery and parts from BMSB-risk countries can meet BMSB requirements if they use MPI-Approved Treatments before they arrive in New Zealand. However, there are post treatment conditions which importers also need to meet before MPI will accept the treatment. We've prepared information to help you understand what you need to do if you're treating your cargo in a BMSB-risk country.
Is your cargo transshipping through a non-BMSB risk country on the way to New Zealand for treatment or repacking?
Sometimes new and used vehicles, machinery and parts are manufactured (or originate from) a 'non-BMSB-risk country', then get transshipped via another non 'BMSB-risk country' on their way to New Zealand for repacking or treatment. This may also occur for sea containers from Italy. If repacking into other FAK container occurs in non-schedule 3 countries (such as Singapore), you will need to ensure the correct country of origin is stated and the correct documents are submitted to MPI. If you plan to treat for BMSB in a non BMSB country, there are conditions to ensure the goods meet MPI’s BMSB treatment requirements.
An MPI-approved system is an option for meeting BMSB requirements specified in the Vehicle, Machinery and Equipment IHS. An MPI-approved system must provide a high level of risk management against BMSB and other regulated pests. This can be achieved through various risk management measures, which you can carry out any time from when the vehicle or machine is manufactured, until the time it arrives in New Zealand.
If you would like to discuss the possibility of an MPI-approved system for vehicles and machinery, email email@example.com
We recommend you send us the correct documents at least 48 hours before the goods arrive.
If the required documents aren't submitted in time or are incomplete, the goods will be regarded as untreated and directed for treatment onshore.
If you are importing break-bulk goods and documentation doesn't show they have been treated correctly, we may re-ship them at your expense.
Cleaning certificate required for used machinery
From 1 December 2018, a cleaning certificate will be required on the approved MPI cleaning certificate template. This confirms that the used machinery was cleaned externally and internally (involving disassembly) before arrival in New Zealand and includes:
- date cleaned (and dismantled where required)
- cleaning provider's letterhead/logo including name and physical address
- name and signature of the person who conducted or supervised the cleaning.
There are other requirements for used machinery from Japan or Schedule 3 countries.
- MPI-approved cleaning certificate template [DOCX, 172 KB]
Treatment certificate for treated goods
Where treatment is required, a treatment certificate must:
- identify the cargo treated and include a unique identifiable link to the consignment
- specify the date of BMSB treatment, the type of treatment, and the treatment duration
- state the actual concentration of gas (if fumigated) achieved and the temperature inside the enclosure
- declare that the goods were treated prior to any plastic wrapping.
Cargo must be labelled as treated.
Bill of lading
The bill of lading must include the shipped-on-board date. MPI uses this as the date shipped from BMSB risk countries to decide whether goods are under seasonal requirements.
To make sure the measures to manage BMSB are working, MPI inspects specific goods from BMSB risk countries (Japan and Scedule 3 countries) throughout the season. You also have a legal obligation under the Biosecurity Act 1993 to notify MPI of risk pests, such as BMSB.
Light traps have been effective in previous seasons to help operators quickly find and respond to BMSB. Manufacturers, importers and shipping line operators are encouraged to use traps to monitor for the presence of BMSB in:
- manufacturing and storage facilities
- load ports
- shipping vessels.
Voluntary use of light traps may reduce the need for verification of the vessel when it arrives in New Zealand. Report any pests to MPI.
How we charge
For all imported goods, MPI charges the owner or importer of the goods for our services, including:
- processing documents
- risk assessments
Extra costs may be incurred if a new infestation of viable BMSB is found on a vessel before goods are unloaded to the wharf.
Biosecurity New Zealand has 2 documents to help importers, agents, shipping lines, and ports during the BMSB risk season.
Information on import stages
- the stages in the import pathway
- who is responsible for each stage and what they can do to ensure compliance
- what Biosecurity New Zealand is doing with both vessels and cargo.
Import stages for BMSB season [PDF, 204 KB]
On arrival guidelines [PDF, 252 KB]
Information to help clear cargo
Find information to help you understand the IHS and how it relates to clearing cargo, including:
- a breakdown of imports by country of origin and what is required
- who should supply evidence of compliance, what evidence, and how to supply it
- the likely regulatory actions for vessel discharge and if live stink bugs are found
- who is responsible for each stage and what they can do to ensure compliance
- when Biosecurity New Zealand looks at (and recovers costs for) cargo on a wharf.
Information to help clear your cargo during BMSB season [PDF, 418 KB]
Our fact sheet contains information about the potential impact that BMSB could have in New Zealand.
- Download the BMSB fact sheet [PDF, 1.6 MB]
- Find out what we're doing to try to stop the bugs settling in New Zealand
If you see insects on imported goods, report them either:
- directly to a quarantine officer
- to MPI on 0800 80 99 66
If you have questions about BMSB measures:
- email firstname.lastname@example.org
Any changes to the BMSB measures will be published on this website.
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