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BMSB Urgent Update

October 2018

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) (Māori: Manatū Ahu Matua) is working to reduce the risk of brown marmorated stink bugs (BMSBs) getting into New Zealand. Stink bugs are a serious pest for agriculture and horticulture and can be a social nuisance. If you're importing vehicles, machinery or equipment there are requirements you must meet.

MPI has provided additional clarification on the requirements to prevent the infestation of imported products with Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB).  

Goods imported from Target Risk Countries between 1 September 2018 and 30 April 2019 will require treatment to prevent the importation of this devastating pest.

The following measures will be in place:

  • Goods imported from Target Risk (Schedule 3) Countries as Break Bulk, LCL, open top or flat rack containers will require mandatory offshore treatment prior to import. Goods not treated offshore will require re-export or destruction.
  • Goods imported as full container loads (FCL) or freight of all kinds (FAK) containers will be able to be treated in New Zealand prior to delivery.
  • Treatment must be carried out by approved treatment providers. Download the list here:
  • The approved methods of treatment are Methyl Bromide or Heat Treatment (MPI treatment short code VCE1) https://www.mpi.govt.nz/dmsdocument/1984/send
  • All vehicles, machinery, and equipment imports are subject to these measures. 
  • Goods originating from Target risk countries will be subject to heightened surveillance inspections.


Target risk countries: 
Cargo originating or shipping from the following (Schedule 3) countries are subject to these measures. Any vessels that tranship or load goods from these countries are also subject to heightened vessel surveillance.

  • Austria
  • Bulgaria
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Italy **
  • Japan
  • Liechtenstein
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • United States of America

Goods originating from a target risk country post to 1stSeptember but shipped from a non-target risk country. 
These goods must be treated within accordance with the requirements set out by the MPI. Full Container Loads may be treated post import, however all other goods (excluding airfreight) must be treated prior to shipment.

** Sea Containers from Italy
All sea containers that depart from Italy before 30 April 2020 must: 

a) be treated for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) in accordance with MPI Approved Biosecurity Treatments by an approved treatment provider; or 

b) be inspected by an inspector if: 

- the importer has notified MPI that the sea container contains cargo that the importer considers would be damaged by the treatments for BMSB specified in the MPI Approved Biosecurity Treatments; and 

- a CTO has determined that treatment may damage the cargo. 


Treatment timeframes 

For all Break-bulk consignments of vehicles, machinery and equipment the treatment must be conducted at the port of departure for New Zealand within 120 hours of departure. 

Containerised (and sealed) consignments of vehicles, machinery and equipment (excluding aircraft) must be treated as per MPI Approved Biosecurity Treatments either: 

a) in the country of origin within 21 days of shipping to New Zealand; or 

b) in New Zealand at a place of first arrival or at a transitional facility. 

Note: Where containers are treated before arrival in New Zealand, the treatment specifications must be listed on a treatment certificate and on an adhesive sticker or label..

The link to the MPI web page provides additional details:


Please ensure to contact your Account Manager at Henning Harders for all BMSB updates or questions prior to shipping from the target risk countries.