Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) 2019/20 Season

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Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) 2019/20 Season

Further to our last update on this matter, MPI have finalised measures for the upcoming Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) 2019-20 high risk season.

Effective 1 September 2019 (date of shipment from Origin Port), all target high risk cargo shipped from target risk countries must be treated offshore by an MPI approved treatment provider.

Italy has been targeted as a specific risk country with strict requirements.

The season will run to and include vessels arriving into NZ on or before 30 April 2020.

The following countries below have been categorised as target risk.
Any target high risk or target risk goods which are manufactured in, or shipped from the target risk countries will be subject to BMSB seasonal measures.
Any vessel that berths at, loads or tranships from the target risk countries also subject to BMSB seasonal measures.

The 33 countries listed below have been determined as BMSB ‘Target List’ countries.

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Armenia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Kosovo
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxembourg
  • Macedonia
  • Montenegro
  • Netherlands
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Switzerland
  • Spain
  • Turkey
  • United States of America
  • Japan (heightened vessel surveillance will be the only measure applied).

MPI will be monitoring a number of emerging risk countries (watch list countries) throughout the season. Target high risk and risk goods from these countries may be subject to random onshore inspections to verify freedom from BMSB contamination.

All imported cargo from the schedule 3 countries of USED Vehicles, Machinery and Parts will require mandatory treatment offshore. All imported cargo from the schedule 3 countries of NEW Vehicles, Machinery and Parts may be subject to treatment offshore (some exemptions may apply on sensitive risk cargo as per below or new goods that have been adequately protected at manufacturer/supply chain in an insect proof manner).

Additional info per link:


Sensitive Risk Cargo

There is also an exception to offshore treatment is sensitive risk cargo. MPI have provided examples of 'sensitive risk goods'.

Additional info per link:


• All goods ex Italy are considered high risk cargo and requires mandatory BMSB treatment before export from Italy (unless considered sensitive risk goods, or sensitive to treatment)

• ALL SEA CONTAINERS require mandatory BMSB treatment before export from Italy. • Sensitive risk cargo treatment exceptions apply to goods from Italy as well as per the list already provided.


• Target High Risk goods requiring mandatory offshore treatment that arrive untreated, or treated by an unapproved treatment provider in a target risk country, will be denied discharge, and directed for export on arrival

Customers importing target risk goods from target risk countries should contact their overseas suppliers to discuss offshore treatment options to ensure they are compliant.

We strongly advise that you communicate with your origin partner to ensure they are aware of these requirements and consequences on non-compliance. NOTE: Burnard International will take no responsibility for shippers who DO NOT comply with the new regulations.

We have been actively involved with MPI over the past month as we review our processes for moving target high risk goods from target high risk countries, particularly for LCL in FAK containers. We understand this is a major inconvenience to importers, however we are also ALL responsible for ensuring NZ Biosecurity is maintained.

We encourage all customers moving goods from these Target Risk Countries to familiarise themselves with the 2019-2020 guidelines.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to make contact with your friendly Burnard International representative and we would be happy to assist and provide guidance.