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BMSB Season 2023-24 – starting September 1st

Stay on top of the latest BMSB developments

If you are importing materials, machinery or tools into New Zealand, chances are high your cargo is classified as target high risk or target risk goods and subject to BMSB measures. As an importer or manufacturer whose business depends on a reliable supply chain, you cannot afford the risk of your much needed cargo being delayed or even rejected and exported.

We are in permanent contact with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and can ensure that your cargo will comply with MPI’s latest rules and regulations. We assist with the classification of goods, arrange for the required treatment by approved treatment providers, and take care of the required paperwork and documentation.

As a result, you can fully focus on your business and your customers, rather than spending your time trying to stay on top of the latest BMSB developments and regulations.

Don’t let a small bug stop your business. 

New Zealand

BMSB 2023-2024 Fact Sheet

BMSB Measures

Target high risk goods manufactured in, or shipped from target risk countries as sea cargo will require treatment for BMSB either prior to export or on arrival in New Zealand.

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

(Halyomorpha Halys)

Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) pose a significant biosecurity risk due to their highly mobile nature. They are currently found throughout Northeast Asia, North America and Europe and can be identified by their shield shape and white bands on the antennae, legs and rear margins of the body. Introduction into New Zealand would have a devastating impact on over 300 agricultural and ornamental plants by rendering them unsellable or reducing production yields.

As a result, the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) implements seasonal measures for certain goods arriving from target risk countries.

Target high risk goods shipped from target risk countries between 1st September 2023 to 30th April 2024 (inclusive) need to be treated. Seasonal measures also apply to vessels that berth, load or tranship from target risk countries within the same period.  Throughout the season MPI continually reviews measures based on detections of BMSB and the risk pathways.

Which goods are targeted?

Certain target high risk goods (Appendix 1) manufactured in, or shipped from target risk countries as sea cargo will require treatment for BMSB either prior to export or on arrival in New Zealand.

Break Bulk Goods

  • Break bulk includes those goods shipped on flat racks and in open top containers.
  • All target high risk goods shipped as break bulk must be treated offshore prior to arrival into New Zealand.
  • Untreated break bulk will be directed for export.
  • Onshore treatment is not permitted.
  • FCL containers that have been modified, such as those used to house in-built power generators, filtration plants, portable accommodation etc. are no longer sealed six hard sided containers and are considered to be break bulk cargo.


Containerised (FCL/FCX)

  • cargo arriving in sealed six hard sided containers may be treated offshore or onshore at the container level.


LCL and FAK containers with target high risk goods will be managed at the container level for BMSB.

  • Offshore treatment of LCL consignments and FAK containers is preferred.
  • Onshore treatment of LCL consignments and FAK containers will be permitted at the container level only.

Certain target risk goods (Appendix 1) do not require mandatory treatment however are subject to increased surveillance and inspections and may be directed for treatment if BMSB are detected.

All imported cargo must still comply with listed standard import conditions which are dealt with against the import declaration.

Treatment Options

There are three approved treatment options for BMSB treatments. 

Heat

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:
 

  • All start time concentration readings must be above 24 g/m³
  • Dose increases to compensate for temperatures less than 10°C is NOT permitted
  • Topping up with additional fumigant at the end of treatment is NOT permitted
  • If the concentration of the fumigant falls below the minimum end point reading at any point during the treatment, the treatment has failed
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:
 

  • All start time concentration readings must be above 24 g/m³
  • Dose increases to compensate for temperatures less than 10°C is NOT permitted
  • Topping up with additional fumigant at the end of treatment is NOT permitted
  • If the concentration of the fumigant falls below the minimum end point reading at any point during the treatment, the treatment has failed
Sulfuryl Fluoride – Using third-party system*
  • Achieve a CT of 200 g-h/m³ or more, at 10°c or above, for 12 hours or longer, with a minimum end point reading of 12 g/m³, or
  • Achieve a CT of 200 g-h/m³ or more, at 10°C or above, for 24 hours or longer, with a minimum end point reading of 8 g/m³


*Note:
The approved stewardship program operators and their third-party systems are:

  • Douglas Products or their agents – FumiGuide
  • Ensystex II, Inc. (USA – Fumicalc)
  • Barcan Barcan Pest Control & Fumigation Co. (Barcan ilaclama Fumigasyon Tic. Ltd. Sti.) (Turkey) – FumiTrack


Topping up with additional fumigant at the end of treatment is NOT permitted. If the concentration of the fumigant falls below the minimum end point reading at any point during the treatment, the treatment has failed.

Offshore Treatment Providers Scheme

A list of approved treatment providers is available here.

Please note that this list no longer specifies which providers are approved under the BMSB treatment providers scheme. Businesses seeking treatment of goods for BMSB should use this list of providers to identify those where the treatment is to be performed, and contact them independently to ensure they are approved under the BMSB treatment providers scheme.

Treatment Window

Containerised goods – Goods must be loaded into a six hard sided container and sealed within 120 hours. A sealing declaration can be provided if required.

Break bulk (including flat racks and open top containers) – must be loaded onto a vessel for export from the target risk country within the defined timeframe of 120 hours.

Note: The post treatment window does NOT apply to goods treated in a non-target risk country, or to goods treated from 1 December (inclusive).

Vessels

All roll-on roll-off (ro-ro) vessels that berth at, load or tranship in target risk countries from 1st September 2023 and arrive in Australian territory by 30th April 2024 will be required to:

  • Conduct self-inspections and respond to specific questions as part of pre-arrival reporting requirements; and
  • Undergo a mandatory seasonal pest inspection on arrival in New Zealand.

Target Risk Countries*

Below is the 2023-24 table of target risk countries.

Albania
Germany
Portugal
Andorra
Greece
Republic of North Macedonia
Armenia
Hungary
Romania
Austria
Italy
Russia
Azerbaijan
Japan (heightened vessel surveillance only)
Serbia
Belgium
Kazakhstan
Slovakia
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Kosovo
Slovenia
Bulgaria
Liechtenstein
Spain
Canada
Luxemburg
Switzerland
Croatia
Montenegro
Türkiye
Czechia
Moldova
Ukraine
France
Netherlands
United States of America
Georgia
Poland
Uzbekistan (new)

The following countries have been identified as emerging risk countries for the BMSB risk season and may be selected for a random onshore inspection:

United Kingdom and China

China – random inspections will apply to goods shipped between 1 September to 31 December (inclusive)

United Kingdom – random inspections will apply to goods shipped between 1 December to 30 April (inclusive)

In addition to the target high risk goods, chapters 39, 94 and 95 will be subject to random inspections for emerging risk countries only.

New, unused and not field tested (NUFT) goods

BMSB NUFT criteria relates to goods classified under the following tariff chapters only: 82, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88 and 89 and must have a manufacture start date on or after 1 December of the current BMSB risk season. Goods that have been refurbished do not meet this criterion.

A BMSB NUFT declaration may be used for eligible goods shipped in sealed six hard sided containers, goods shipped as break bulk (including flat rack and open top containers) and consignments in Less than a Container Load (LCL) / Freight All Kinds (FAK) containers.

Note: If other untreated high risk non-eligible tariffs / goods are packed with NUFT goods, the whole consignment will be subject to BMSB seasonal measures and require treatment either offshore, or onshore at the container level (where permitted).

Any questions or queries relating to the 2023-24 measures can be directed to Henning Harders New Zealand.

Appendix

Target High Risk Goods

Target Risk Goods

Page last updated: 29.08.2023

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