Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) - Update

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Post by: Burnard Intl.

New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is extending the mandatory (offshore or onshore) treatment for all goods associated with sea containers from Italy, USA, and other countries from the 1st of March 2018 until the 30th of April 2018.

MPI has made this decision yesterday after evaluating the available data leading up to and including the end of February to ensure all aspects were considered, the change also aligns with the recognised aggregation risk period currently in place for vehicles and machinery from the Italy and the USA.

The urgent measures were originally introduced on the 23rd of December 2017, and it was intended to enforce the requirements until the 28th of February 2018 to manage the significant risk of BMSB associated with goods in sea containers from Italy.

MPI encourages all importers to treat containerised consignments before shipping their goods to ensure the BMSB risk is managed offshore. If an importer wishes to treat containerised consignments on arrival, they may face significant delays due to the volume of containers entering New Zealand. If an importer must treat on arrival, they need to be aware that it must be arranged with a New Zealand treatment provider to have treatment conducted within 72 hours of arrival in New Zealand.

MPI is working closely with our overseas counterparts to ensure that these requirements do not adversely affect New Zealand’s trade partners and the arrival of consignments from risk countries up to the 30th of April 2018.

Anyone that has concerns over the types of treatments applied, and whether these will harm their goods can contact MPI to see if alternative options can be arranged.

All containerised goods from Hungary, Italy, Japan, and the USA are at risk of carrying BMSB and may be inspected during the BMSB season.

If you are an importer from the above countries please see the below link for full information.