Transshipment requirements for cargo and BMSB-risk countries
Sometimes, vehicles, machinery, and parts originate in a 'non-BMSB-risk country', but then get transshipped via a 'BMSB-risk country' on their way to New Zealand. Find out what you need to do if this applies to your cargo.
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. 'BMSB-risk countries' include countries listed in Schedule 3 of the IHS.
This transshipping process may expose the cargo to the risk of BMSB (brown marmorated stick bugs). Because of this, MPI has conditions you need to meet if you're transshipping 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 or any other possible source of BMSB contamination
- maximum time limits on how long cargo can stay in a BMSB-risk country port.
This page explains the conditions for transshipping cargo via BMSB-risk countries. It reflects the information that you can find in Section 4.7 of the Import Health Standard for Vehicles, Machinery, and Parts.
Risk goods transshipped as break bulk (including unsealed containers) through a BMSB risk country are required to
- be segregated from untreated cargo or other possible sources of BMSB contamination at all times in the BMSB-risk country; and
- remain at the port in a BMSB-risk country for no more than 120 hours before shipping.
If the above conditions cannot be met the cargo must meet the applicable BMSB measures of the IHS depending based on the commodity type of the cargo. MPI-approved treatment must happen no longer that 120 hours before the cargo is exported from the BMSB-risk country.
Risk goods transshipped in a fully-sealed container are required to remain in the unopen, sealed container during transshipment in the BMSB-risk country. There is no time transshipping time limit for fully sealed containers.
List of BMSB risk countries (Schedule 3 of the Vehicles, Machinery and Parts IHS – updated 22 July 2019)
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Find out more
- Brown marmorated stink bug requirements
- Importing requirements for vehicles, machinery and parts
- Brown marmorated stink bug
- Treatment requirements for breakbulk cargo and BMSB-risk countries
- Import Health Standard for Vehicles, Machinery, and Parts [PDF, 783 KB]
- Guidance document for the IHS [PDF, 2.4 MB]
- Approved biosecurity treatments [PDF, 1.4 MB]
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