How do MPI Stink-Bug Regulations Affect Imports from Germany?
As with last ‘season’ (2018-19) Germany remains one of 33 countries dubbed ‘Actionable Countries’ by MPI.
That’s to say Germany has a sizeable population of Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs, none of which we want to see here.
Overall the risk of an infestation arriving from Germany has been accessed as being less than say Italy.
MPI NZ Regulations (01st Sept 2019 – 30th April 2020) in respect to Germany, targets the commodities posing the most risk.
Top of the list are second-hand products.
These will need to be fumigated at origin, our agents’ terminal (pictured)
As you would appreciate ultimately MPI make any ruling.
Local MPI inspection upon arrival may also lead to shipments requiring fumigation.
Note: the same BMSB rules that apply to Germany are also in place from other major European countries, including: Spain, Switzerland, France, Austria, Turkey, Czech Republic, Netherlands etc.
Italian Stink-Bug Requirements BITE!
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.
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)
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.
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.
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USA - New Zealand Stink Bug Season 2019/2020
On the 22nd of July 2019, the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) released new versions of the Import Health Standard for Vehicles, Machinery and Parts for the importation of these goods to New Zealand from the USA during the risk season (September 2019 to April 2020) for BMSB (Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs)
USA to N.Z this affects what MPI consider high-risk commodities only, travelling sea-freight e.g. vehicle & machinery spares.
We will work with our agents DGX on a case-by-case basis and employ fumigation requirements where necessary after consulting with the importer.
Fumigation requirements will begin with any vessel leaving on or after September 1, 2019.
The charges for fumigation of LCL shipments are USD $45.00 w/m with a Minimum of $200.00.
The fumigation process - if required - may also delay departure.
Note: Stink Bug Regulations differ country-to-country according to the perceived risk. This notice pertains solely to USA.