Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) 2020/21 Season

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Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) 2020/21 Season

MPI have provided interim measures for the upcoming Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) 2020-21 high risk season.

Effective 1 September 2020 (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.

The 2020/21 season will run to and include vessels arriving into NZ on or before 30 April 2021.

ITALY is HIGH RISK and has been targeted as a specific risk country with strict requirements and will require mandatory treatment at origin.


Any 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.

Kazakhstan, Moldova, Portugal, and Ukraine have been added to the Schedule 3 country list for the 2020/21 BMSB Season.

The 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
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kosovo
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxembourg
  • Macedonia
  • Moldova
  • Montenegro
  • Netherlands
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Switzerland
  • Spain
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United States of America
  • Japan (heightened vessel surveillance will be the only measure applied).

Target risk goods from these countries may be subject to random onshore inspections to verify freedom from BMSB contamination.

All imported cargo of USED Vehicles, Machinery and Parts from these BMSB schedule 3 countries 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 an exception to offshore treatment of sensitive risk cargo e.g. food, medicines, textiles, and the like. MPI have provided examples of 'sensitive risk goods'. Additional info per link:



All goods ex Italy are considered high risk cargo and require 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 exemptions also apply to goods from Italy.

Additional info per link:


Important Notes:

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 for non-compliance. NOTE: Burnard International will take no responsibility for shippers who DO NOT comply with the BMSB regulations.

We understand this is a major inconvenience to importers, however we are ALL responsible for ensuring NZ Biosecurity is maintained to ensure the BMSB is kept out of NZ.

We encourage all customers moving goods from these Target Risk Countries to familiarise themselves with the 2020-2021 guidelines.

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