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Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Season – September 1st 2019/April 30th 2020

MPI have finalized the import health standards for sea containers due to BMSB.

Updated Import Health Standards attached.

Key changes below in bullet points.

The new regulations will apply to this year’s stink bug season, which starts on 1 September and will run until 30 April 2020.

The new rules are intended to reduce the biosecurity risk to New Zealand, by ensuring potentially contaminated cargo arrives as clean as possible.

MPI Applications – Last year MPI processing took about 10 days. Now that there’s 33 countries involved, we expect it to take longer. That means GST will often be paid out earlier than normal.

  • Following consultation with industry, the list of countries that have requirements to treat imported vehicles, “Targeted” machinery, and parts before they arrive in New Zealand will rise from 17 to 33. (List is available Schedule 3 – Vehicle-All Import Health standard)
  • The other big change is that imported cargo relating to vehicles will need to be treated offshore, including sea containers.
  • Mandatory offshore treatment of target high risk goods shipped as break bulk will be imposed. Goods shipped in open top containers or on flat rack/platform containers will be considered to be break bulk.
  • Offshore treatment requirements will also apply to ALL SEA CONTAINERS from Italy.
  • 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.
  • Sea containers containing sensitive cargo will be exempt from treatment and will be inspected. (Sensitive Cargo sheet attached)
  • Used outdoor or Target Machinery requires mandatory offshore treatment by an approved provider for entry into NZ.

(Please see Part 3 – Specific definitions of the Vehicle, Machinery and equipment health standard for a list of targeted machinery and exclusions)


  • Sea Containers ex Italy require mandatory offshore treatment by an approved provider for entry into NZ.

Note: Option B: Sea containers from Italy holding sensitive goods (including risk goods) may be inspected on arrival instead of treatment with MPI approval.

(Please see 2.3 on the Seaco health standard for option B and the attached sensitive cargo list)

Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers Scheme

The Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers Scheme which sets out the department’s registration and compliance requirements for offshore providers will continue for the 2019–20 season. For a list of approved treatment providers, visit


Countries targeted primarily for BMSB (introduced) and other regulated pests.
  • Albania
  • Italy
  • Andorra
  • Kosovo
  • Armenia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Austria
  • Luxemburg
  • Azerbaijan
  • Macedonia
  • Belgium
  • Montenegro
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Netherlands
  • Bulgaria
  • Romania
  • Canada
  • Russia
  • Croatia
  • Serbia
  • Czech
  • Slovakia
  • France
  • Slovenia
  • Georgia
  • Spain
  • Germany
  • Switzerland
  • Greece
  • Turkey
  • Hungary
  • USA (Treatment of cargo from the States of Alaska and Hawaii and other territories of the United States of America that are not contiguous with the other 48 States is not required)

Sensitive cargos and inspection – Seaco Website stuff July 2019

Import Health Standard for Sea Containers

Vehicles, Machinery and Parts July 2019

If you would like further information or guidance, please contact:

Customs Manager: 

Nick Mackay  –