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MPI Releases 2020/2021 Provisional Seasonal Measures for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

On the 17 August 2020, the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) have provisionally finalised the Import Health Standard for Vehicles, Machinery and Parts (VMP) and the Import Health Standard for Sea Containers from All Countries (SEACO). Both standards include requirement changes for importing goods to New Zealand during the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) risk season.

MPI and the Australian Department of Agriculture have worked closely on the 2020-21 measures to ensure both New Zealand and Australia’s BMSB seasonal measures are consistent across the two countries where possible.

The BMSB season covers all cargo that depart on or after 1 September 2020 and arrive in New Zealand on or before 30 April 2021. New Zealand seasons runs one-month shorter than Australia.

Changes to the Import Health Standard for sea containers (SEACO)  

All sea containers exported from Italy during the BMSB season must be treated by an approved provider before arrival into New Zealand. Containers may be inspected upon arrival instead of treated when the cargo contains sensitive goods that may be damaged by treatment options.

The list of sensitive risk goods that an MPI CTO considers to be sensitive to treatment are as follows:

  • Agricultural compounds and veterinary medicines;
  • Food for human consumption (including beverages);
  • Food-grade packaging materials (such as thermal plastic film);
  • Fresh produce;
  • Frozen food products;
  • Live animals;
  • Leather goods (apparel and furniture)
  • Pet food;
  • Pharmaceutical products;
  • Polyurethane bales and foam products;
  • Refrigerated goods;
  • Seed for sowing;
  • Special Category Risk Goods (Chemical, Explosive, Mineral, Radioactive or Volatile);
  • Tank-tainers and
  • Textiles (including yarn)

Please contact your customer service representative if you believe your goods are sensitive to the treatment options as ACA were successful in adding products to this last year.

The new Quarantine Declaration format will be mandatory for all fully enclosed sea containers arriving from the 1st February 2021. The new document notes that container should be packed with enough space to allow for treatment, If containers are too full and there is insufficient space for circulation and sensors for treatment, MPI may consider biosecurity risk is too great to allow unloading; and such containers are likely to be rejected and re-shipped out of New Zealand

Fully enclosed Sea containers from Italy sealed before 1 September and exported before 1 October of the same year, are excluded from all BMSB management requirements if evidence of the container sealing is provided.

The updated BMSB Tool will shortly be made available and can be used by importers to check the necessary requirements

Changes to the Vehicles, Machinery and Parts Import Health Standard (VMP)

All VMP that are exported from targeted high risk countries require treatment before arriving into New Zealand. NZMPI and AUDOA maintain the list of risk countries.

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Armenia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Croatia
  • Czechia
  • France
  • Japan (heightened vessel surveillance will be the only measure applied).
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kosovo
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxembourg
  • Montenegro
  • Moldova
  • Netherlands
  • Portugal
  • Republic of North Macedonia
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United States of America

 Kazakhstan, Moldova, Portugal, and Ukraine have been added to the list this year bringing the total number of risk countries to 37 countries.

Vehicles, machinery and parts are given the following meanings in the Import Health Standard for Vehicles, Machinery and Parts.

  • Vehicle: Any mobile conveyance or machine which purpose is to transport people or cargo. Vehicles may be terrestrial vehicles (on-road or off-road) or aircraft and watercraft.
  • Machinery: Any mechanical device that modifies or transmits energy to assist in or improve the performance of work. The device may be drawn, fixed in position, pushed or self-propelled and electric or non-electric.
  • Parts: Any accessories, attachments, components, devices, fittings, gear or parts such as chassis, engines, seating, panels, suspension units, tyres and wheels on rims for all types of vehicles and machinery.

Some NEW types of vehicles, machinery and parts are excluded from BMSB management requirements providing they are stored indoors and exported in a fully enclosed container and a signed manufacturer’s declaration is submitted before arrival. Exclusions will apply to the following commodities unless exported from Italy:

  • New Machinery (non-drivable kind)
  • New Jet skis and Sea Scooters
  • New Tyres
  • New Vehicle and Machinery Parts
  • New Smaller Vehicle Types (including all-terrain vehicles (ATV), motorcycles, golf carts, go-karts, scooters, side by side (SxS) racers/vehicles, snow mobiles, quad bikes and tricycles).

Examples of the new manufacturer’s declarations

All break bulk, open top and flat rack containers from Schedule 3 countries holding risk goods require mandatory offshore treatment using an MPI approved offshore BMSB treatment provider unless they are included on the list of exempt goods or sensitive risk goods above. A post treatment window of 120 hours applies. The goods must be loaded onto a vessel for export to New Zealand within 120 hours after treatment and the container must be segregated from untreated goods or other sources of possible BMSB contamination after treatment and prior to export

The updated VMP IHS Tool will shortly be made available and can be used by importers to check the necessary requirements.

Treatment options for 2020-21 season

Treatment providers that were previously registered under the scheme during the 2019-2020 BMSB season are approved in the interim by MPI for the beginning of the 2020–2021 BMSB season for New Zealand only. This interim approval is granted until such time as the full list of treatment providers is finalised for the entire 2020–2021 BMSB season. MPI expects this list to be finalised by October 2020, up until this point any company can be used from both lists

2019/2020 offshore treatment provider list
2020/2021 offshore treatment provider list

Heat Treatment

For all goods types and sizes

  • 56°C or higher at the coldest surface of the goods, for a minimum of 30 minutes
    or
    Alternative option for individual goods weighing less than 3000 kg shipped as break bulk only,
  • 60°C or higher at the coldest surface of the goods, for a minimum of 10 minutes

Note: Individual goods shipped as break bulk weighing less than 3000kg treated at 60°C for 10 minutes require evidence within shipping documentation that they are less than 3000kg for these treatments to be accepted.

Methyl Bromide

  • A dose of 24 g/m³ or above, at 10°C or above, for a minimum of 12 hours (but less than 24 hours), with a minimum end point reading of 12 g/m³ 
    or
  • A dose of 24 g/m³ or above, at 10°C or above, for 24 hours or longer, with a minimum end point reading of 8 g/m³

Note: Dose increases to compensate for temperatures less than 10°C is NOT permitted.

Sulfuryl Fluoride

  • A dose of 24 g/m³ or above, at 10°C or above, for a minimum of 12 hours (but less than 24 hours), with a minimum end point reading of 12 g/m³
    or
  • A dose of 24 g/m³ or above, at 10°C or above, for 24 hours or longer, with a minimum end point reading of 8 g/m³

Note: Dose increases to compensate for temperatures less than 10°C is NOT permitted.

If you have any further questions about the upcoming BMSB season, please do not hesitate to contact your ACA representative.