MPI has issued a series to changes and additions to the current campaign to prevent the importation of Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs.

These measures affect goods shipped between September 01st 2018 and April 30th 2019. for sea and air-freight originating from the following countries: United States of America, Italy, Germany, France, Russia, Greece, Hungary, Romania, Georgia, Japan, Austria, Bulgaria, Bulgaria, Liechtenstein, Serbia, Slovenia.

You’ll see there’s been a considerable increase to the global scope of the threat, from just USA and Italy.

Importantly there is now potential to fumigate at origin rather than upon arrival.

Both LCL and FCL traffic can now be fumigated at approved overseas facilities.

This is a positive.

We’ll be taking the most economically prudent option when we spy 'targeted' goods.

The target ‘high risk’ commodities MPI are loosely: vehicles, used machinery, used car parts, roofing, house parts, anything with the words ‘2nd hand, personal effects.

These high-risk commodities will under-go higher scrutiny.

It's the description of the goods is what MPI will be focusing-on.

So the onus is on you to instruct your suppliers to describe say ‘Engineering Equipment’ as ‘New Engineering Equipment’.

Give specific details on what you are importing, do not employ in-house terms.

MPI will be undertaking an ‘if in-doubt fumigate’ policy.

Example: ‘New Stainless Steel Bench-Top’ is significantly better than say merely a ‘Bench Top’.

This is a ‘Readers Digest’ abridged over-view of a complicated/detailed ever-changing situation we are facing.

We strongly recommend if you are seeking specifics, review the MPI ‘auricle’ site (link below) or chat to us. 

https://www.mpi.govt.nz/importing/other/vehicles-and-machinery/requirements/brown-marmorated-stink-bug-requirements/

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