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Logistics News update

November 2019

Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) – MPI-Approved new Vehicle or Machinery system

If you manufacture new vehicles and machinery, you can apply to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) for approval of a new vehicle and machinery system.  

This recognises your system's management of vehicles or machinery as meeting our biosecurity requirements.

Your system needs to have monitoring and processes that reduce the risk of biosecurity contamination throughout the manufacturing supply chain.

This is about reducing the risk of biosecurity contamination within the vehicle or machinery supply chain. 

MPI will evaluate your application and may approve a system based on whether the risk management measures used to prevent biosecurity contamination are appropriate. 

If approved, the New Vehicle or Machinery System will be audited by MPI and on-arrival verification activities in New Zealand will occur to ensure the system is effective in ensuring the outcome of MPI’s Vehicle, Machinery and Tyres Import Health Standard (IHS).

An MPI-Approved New Vehicle or Machinery System may be cancelled if it fails to ensure vehicles or machinery arrive in New Zealand free of biosecurity contamination.  Biosecurity contamination includes plant material, seeds, soil and live insects or animals as described in the IHS.

Any details obtained for this approval will be kept confidential by MPI and will be used only in assessing criteria for an MPI-Approved New Vehicle or Machinery System. 

An application fee of $887.70 NZ applies. This covers the desktop evaluation of the proposed New Vehicle and Machinery System.  Additional charges of $102.27 NZ per hour applies for inspection, travel and auditing services in Japan.

Please contact your Account Manager at Henning Harders if you have any questions or go to Biosecurity New Zealand for more information. 


Transition to 2020 Low Sulphur Fuel Surcharge (LSS)

From January 2020, all ships and vessels worldwide will be required to reduce their sulphur emissions. This is part of an effort to reduce the impact of sulphur oxide emissions from shipping, benefiting the environment and human health.

All ships and vessels will be required to use fuel oil with a maximum sulphur content of 0.5% m/m. Vessels will also be able to use an IMO (International Maritime Organisation) approved equivalent method, including exhaust gas leaning systems, providing that the emissions meet the required target. There has been a low sulphur levy applied to fuel for several years now, though this change will be the quantum per container.


Release of Incoterms 2020 

The ICC (International Chamber of Commerce) has launched Incoterms 2020. First introduced in 1936 to establish commonly accepted definitions and rules related to the delivery of goods between trading partners worldwide, the Incoterms have been periodically revised to reflect changes in the international trade system.

The 2020 edition delivers to the market need in relation to bills of lading, with an on-board notation and the Free Carrier (FCA) Incoterms rule. It is more accessible, with more detailed explanatory notes that illustrate the responsibilities of importers and exporters for each Incoterms rule, and how to choose the most appropriate Incoterms rule for each business.

Please contact your Account Manager at Henning Harders New Zealand if you have any questions.