MPI Requirements - Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB)
News: 17 February 2015
The Ministry for Primary Industries have recently notified importers of new requirements for all vehicles and machinery sourced and shipped from the USA. These new measures are the result of interceptions of Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) being found in vehicles, machinery, boats and equipment from USA ports.
Due to the high pest status of these stink bugs, these new measures were put in place by MPI at short notice without the usual consultation with persons who may be adversely affected by the amendment (as allowed under section 24B(2) of the Biosecurity Act 1993), in an effort to better manage what is deemed as a significant risk.
The key changes that all new and used break bulk vehicles and machinery must be treated prior to shipping ex USA, and all containerised shipments of new and used vehicles and machinery (including parts) must be treated prior to shipping or upon arrival to NZ.
MPI have acknowledged that this sudden, but very necessary, change to the Import Health Standard may cause problems in the subsequent supply chain, and we are experiencing delays in cargo availability and additional costs as a result of such.
Rest assured MPI will do all that is possible to minimise such delays & any additional costs, and they will keep us updated in regards to future developments in regards to these requirements.
Any additional costs incurred for treatment of LCL cargo in our FAK / groupage containers, will be passed on, split amongst the importers whose cargo within the container is manifested as a risk commodity – including and not limited to, new and used vehicles, machinery, boats, and parts or components of the aforementioned. As MPI will be unaware of the individual FAK requirements until nearer to vessel arrival, any costs will likely be processed as an additional invoice on a cost recovery basis, case by case.
Likewise for any FCL imports, there will be additional costs incurred.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your Malcolm Total Logistics representative on 0800 786 786.
News added by: Morne Ferreira 17 February 2015