Brown marmorated stink bug requirements


MPI is working to reduce the risk of brown marmorated stink bugs (BMSBs) getting into New Zealand. Stink bugs are a serious pest for agriculture and horticulture and can be a social nuisance. If you're importing vehicles, machinery or equipment there are requirements you must meet.

If you're importing break-bulk (not in a container) or containerised sea cargo from certain countries, you must meet certain MPI requirements to manage the risk of brown marmorated stink bugs (BMSB) getting into New Zealand. MPI has changed the list of countries that need to meet these requirements in Schedule 3 of the new IHS issued on 9 August 2018 to:

  • Austria
  • Bulgaria
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Liechtenstein
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • the USA. 

MPI targets imported goods that have a higher risk of carrying the BMSB. These goods include new and used vehicles, vessels, machinery, and equipment which:

  • must be cleaned and treated to control BMSB if from Schedule 3 countries
  • must be cleaned and treated to control BMSB (and other pests) before shipment if from Japan
  • may be inspected on arrival in New Zealand if from a country of concern for BMSB.

You must provide documentation to MPI showing your goods meet the requirements of the IHS for Vehicles, Machinery and Equipment. The definition of vehicles and machinery is broad – check which goods are included in the IHS.

All containerised goods from Schedule 3 countries are at risk of carrying BMSB and may be inspected during the BMSB season.

BMSB season – when the measures apply

The risk season is from 1 September until 30 April. Note, MPI may apply emergency measures if we find BMSB infestations.

Requirements for target risk goods

If you're importing vehicles, machinery, or equipment you must meet the following requirements.


Keeping you informed. 

BR International

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