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Are you ‘up with the play’ with the news rules pertaining to Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs?

The season lasting 01st September 2019 till 30th April 2020. 

For sea-freight importers ex Italy, these new MPI Requirements are especially significant.  

What do these new rules say in respect to FCL Full Container movements ex Italy?

Full-containers ex Italy must be fumigated at origin, regardless of the product nature. New or used? There’s no differentiation and no discount, except for goods deemed sensitive to treatment i.e. largely we are talking foodstuffs and medical products. 

The fumigation process must be undertaken by an approved Italian provider as designated by MPI NZ. 

MPI have a list on their web-site of these approved facilitators.

MPI also have a dedicated email address specific just to this issue: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fumigation Certificates therefore must be from a sanctioned provider.  

It’s a dangerous ploy to take an offer by your supplier to use their current fumigation provider, however easy it is to just say “yes”. You need to check to see if they are approved by MPI here in N.Z.    

Provision must be made for the time involved undertaking the fumigation process. It’s not going to be as easy as taking it from the suppliers’ factory to port. 

And what about LCL - Less-than-Container-load Sea-Freight shipments?

Same rule as FCL. All cargo must be fumigated prior to arrival in NZ, this will be done either at Origin or in Singapore to eliminate cross contamination with cargo bound for areas not restricted like NZ and Australia. Costs to be confirmed, unknown as at posting (19th August) 

Air-Freight?

At this stage Air-Freight and Courier consignments are not subject to the same rules as sea and will be inspected on arrival, on a case by case basis. If required by MPI these shipments will be fumigated here at destination.  

Summary  

Stink-Bug Regulations differ from country based-on the perceived risk posed.

There are currently 33 countries being managed by MPI for BMSB risk.

Italy is seen as a very high-risk origin.

Keep in-mind the rules governing shipments ex Italy are different to say those from USA.

Need more information?

Jamie and Rhonda will do their best to answer any questions:

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