Transhipment requirements for breakbulk cargo and BMSB-risk countries
Sometimes, vehicles and machinery originate in a 'non-BMSB-risk country', but then get transhipped via a 'BMSB-risk country' on their way to New Zealand. Find out what you need to do if this applies to your cargo, and read example scenarios.
On this page:
- Transhipping via Japan
- Transhipping via a Schedule 3 country
- Transhipping examples
Sometimes, new and used vehicles and machinery are manufactured in (or originate from) a 'non-BMSB-risk country', but then get transhipped via a 'BMSB-risk country' on their way to New Zealand. 'BMSB-risk countries' include:
- Japan (which is covered in Section 3.6 of the Import Health Standard)
- Schedule 3 countries (which are covered in Section 3.7 of the IHS).
This transhipping process may expose the cargo to the risk of BMSB. Because of this, MPI has conditions you need to meet if you're transhipping 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
- limits on how long cargo can stay in a BMSB-risk country port.
This page explains the conditions for transhipping via Japan, and via Schedule 3 countries. It reflects the information that you can find in the Import Health Standard for Vehicles, Machinery, and Equipment.
This page also has examples that show how the requirements work and what you would have to do in different scenarios.
If importers don't meet the following transhipping and treatment conditions, then they must meet the requirements of Section 3.6 (for Japan) and Section 3.7 (for Schedule 3 countries) of the IHS. If treatment is used on cargo to meet the requirements of these sections, then there may also be time conditions to meet.
Risk goods transhipped through Japan do not need to meet the requirements of Section 3.6 if the following 2 conditions are met:
- Transhipped cargo is segregated from untreated cargo in Japan at all times.
- Transhipped cargo remains at a port (or ports) in Japan for no more than 120 hours before shipping.
A shipping line or importer can exceed 120 hours, and segregation conditions, if an agreement with MPI is issued. Additional risk management measures will need to occur for MPI to agree to alternative transhipping conditions. To discuss the possibility of making an agreement with MPI, email Standards@mpi.govt.nz.
Risk goods transhipped through Schedule 3 countries do not need to meet the requirements of Section 3.7 if the following 2 conditions are met:
- Transhipped cargo is segregated from untreated cargo at all times in any Schedule 3 country.
- Transhipped cargo remains at the port in a Schedule 3 country for no more than 120 hours before shipping.
List of Schedule 3 countries
MPI has changed the list of countries that need to meet these requirements in Schedule 3 of the new IHS issued on 9 August 2018 to:
- the USA.
A new vehicle is manufactured in Mexico. It then gets transhipped via Japan or the USA for 3 days. While it's in one of those countries, it is segregated from untreated cargo at the port before it gets shipped to New Zealand.
The risk goods came from a non-BMSB-risk country (Mexico) and don't need to meet BMSB requirements. Even though the vehicles are transhipped through a BMSB-risk country (Japan or the USA) on their way to New Zealand, both transhipping conditions were met. This means the requirements of Section 3.6 and Section 3.7 do not apply.
A new vehicle is manufactured in a non-BMSB-risk country (Mexico). It then gets transhipped via a BMSB-risk country (Japan). It stays there for 10 days and is segregated from untreated cargo at the port. No agreement was made with MPI to extend the time limit of 120 hours.
The risk goods are from a 'non-BMSB country', so they do not have to meet BMSB requirements. The vehicle has only met one of the transhipping conditions (segregation). It exceeded the time limit condition because it stayed in Japan for more than 120 hours. No agreement has been made with MPI to extend the time limit. This means that the vehicle must comply with Section 3.6 requirements – It needs to be treated before it arrives in New Zealand.
A new vehicle is manufactured and treated with an MPI-approved treatment in Germany (a Schedule 3 country). It is shipped within 120 hours of being treated. It then gets transhipped via a MSB-risk country (Japan) and stays there for 2 days without any segregation from untreated cargo.
BMSB requirements for Schedule 3 countries (outlined in Section 3.7 of the IHS) were met (conducted in Germany and shipped within 120 hours), only one transhipping condition was met (shipping within 120 hours). However, the vehicle was not segregated from other high-risk, untreated cargo. Because of this, the vehicle must meet all of the other Section 3.6 requirements (because it was in Japan). It would need to be re-treated before it arrives in New Zealand.
Find out more
- Brown marmorated stink bug requirements
- Importing requirements for vehicles, machinery and equipment
- Brown marmorated stink bug
- Treatment requirements for breakbulk cargo and BMSB-risk countries
- Import Health Standard for Vehicles, Machinery, and Equipment [PDF, 732 KB]
- Guidance document for the IHS [PDF, 2.4 MB]
- Approved Biosecurity Requirements [PDF, 1.4 MB]
Who to contact
If you have questions about the information on this page, email email@example.com
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