Tighter Import Rules to Stop Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB)

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Importers will have to do more to ensure vehicles and machinery from overseas are free of brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB). The new Import Health Standard for Vehicles, Machinery and equipment came into force on 1 September with a focus on Japan given the issues last season with contaminated car carriers. There are also new restrictions on imports from many European countries (in alignment with the USA) given the spread of BMSB through Europe.

  • In addition to its natural occurrence in Japan (and other places is Asia), there are now 16 actionable countries in Europe and North America with established BMSB populations that have been added to the list requiring management and treatment of vehicles, machinery and certain equipment during the BMSB season. These are Austria, Bulgaria, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Liechtenstein, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and the USA. Additional countries could also be added if BMSB spreads to other placers and becomes problematic.
  • All imported used vehicles from Japan must undergo cleaning and some form of approved treatment through an MPI-approved system during the risk season (1 September until 30 April). Used machinery from Japan must also be cleaned by an MPI-approved cleaning company, must get certified as being cleaned and must be treated before arrival in New Zealand during the risk season.
  • All new vehicles/machinery from Japan must be managed through an MPI-approved system or treated offshore during the risk season. Manufacturers in Japan or Europe/USA will have the option of applying to MPI for an MPI-approved system, therefore avoiding the need to fumigate or heat treat each new unit.
  • Used machinery from any other country must have a cleaning certificate (from 1 December 2018) stating that it has undergone thorough cleaning and treatment before arrival in New Zealand. There must be evidence the machinery was appropriately disassembled for cleaning.

In addition, MPI has also released an updated import health standard for sea containers where all containerised consignments from Italy must be fumigated or heat treated. Importers intending to import consignments that might be negatively affected by treatment should contact the MPI Target Evaluation Team and a rigorous inspection process can be arranged. MPI reserves the right to conduct further actions, including treatment, if contaminants or pests are found

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