Treatment requirements for breakbulk cargo and BMSB-risk countries

New or used vehicles and machinery from BMSB-risk countries must meet BMSB treatment requirements and conditions before they arrive in New Zealand. Find out what you need to do if you're treating your cargo in a BMSB-risk country, and read example scenarios.

Treatment requirements for breakbulk cargo in BMSB-risk countries

New or used vehicles and machinery from BMSB-risk countries can meet BMSB requirements if they use MPI-approved treatments before they arrive in New Zealand. However, there are treatment conditions which importers also need to meet before MPI will accept the treatment. This section explains the conditions for:

  • treatment in Japan (listed in Section 3.6 of the IHS)
  • Schedule 3 countries (listed in Section 3.7 of the IHS).

Treatment conditions for cargo arriving via Japan (without an MPI-approved system)

Vehicles or machinery may become re-contaminated by BMSB after treatment and before shipping to New Zealand if protection does not occur. For this reason, MPI recommends that you:

  • reduce the time between treatment and shipping as much as possible
  • segregate the treated risk goods from untreated cargo at all times. 

If importers don't meet these recommendations, treated risk goods may become contaminated with BMSB. This risk is higher during the BMSB-risk season (between September and April of each year).

Treatment conditions for cargo arriving via a Schedule 3 country (without an MPI-approved system)

Treated cargo needs to be segregated at the port from untreated cargo in any Schedule 3 country. This helps prevent BMSB contamination. Timing conditions do apply between treatment and shipping in Schedule 3 countries. These conditions are as follows:

  • If risk goods are treated in a BMSB-risk country at the port, then the risk goods must be shipped or moved to a 'non-BMSB risk country' within 120 hours. 
  • If risk goods are treated in a BMSB-risk country, but not at the export port, one of the following 3 options must be used:
    • Risk goods must be moved to the export port within 6 hours of treatment.
    • Risk goods must be wrapped or sealed in an insect-proof manner, and moved to the export port within 24 hours.
    • Risk goods must be sprayed with a residual insecticide. This is outlined in the Approved Biosecurity Requirements document (on pages 40 and 41) . The goods must then be moved to the export port within 24 hours.

Download the Approved Biosecurity Requirements document [PDF, 1.4 MB]

Once the risk goods arrive at the export port, they must be shipped or moved to a non-BMSB-risk country within 120 hours.

Treating at a port on the west coast of the USA

  • The goods must be shipped or moved to a non-BMSB-risk country within 144 hours.
  • If the goods are treated somewhere that isn't the port, they must be moved to the export port no later than 6 hours after treatment occurs. They must then be shipped or moved to a non-BMSB-risk country within 144 hours.

Examples of transhipping and treatment scenarios

Find out more

Relevant documents

Who to contact

If you have questions about the information on this page, email info@mpi.govt.nz

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