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MPI Releases 2019/2020 Seasonal Measures for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

On the 22 July 2019, the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) released new versions of the Import Health Standard for Vehicles, Machinery and Parts and the Import Health Standard for Sea Containers from All Countries. Both Standards include requirement changes for importing goods to New Zealand during the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) risk season.

Also included was an updated Quarantine declaration form. The form has been updated to capture additional in the case where containers require treatment.

https://www.mpi.govt.nz/dmsdocument/1195-quarantine-declaration-to-accompany-containers-to-new-zealand

MPI and the Australian Department of Agriculture have worked closely on the 2019-20 measures to ensure both New Zealand and Australia’s BMSB seasonal measures are consistent across the two countries where possible.

The risk season for New Zealand is the sailing date of 1st September until 30th April. New Zealand seasons runs one-month shorter than Australia.  MPI may apply emergency measures if they find BMSB infestations.

Vehicle, machinery and parts

Target High Risk goods of Vehicle, machinery and parts require offshore treatment when departing from all Schedule 3 countries. Offshore treatment is mandatory for all shipment types, AIR, LCL/FAK, FCL and breakbulk cargo. Treatment must be completed by an approved treatment provider. Any shipment that contains target high risk goods that has not been treated offshore by an approved treatment provider will be denied discharged and directed for export on arrival.

There have been 16 additional BMSB risk countries added to Schedule 3 – ‘Actionable countries for the management of BMSB.’ This takes the total number of countries being managed by MPI for BMSB risk to 33. New countries have been highlighted in red.

Albania
France
Montenegro

Andorra

Georgia

Netherlands

Armenia

Germany

Romania

Austria

Greece

Russia

Azerbaijan

Hungary

Serbia

Belgium

Italy

Slovakia

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Japan (was managed for BMSB last year but not termed a Schedule 3 country) - endemic

Slovenia

Bulgaria

Kosovo

Spain

Canada

Liechtenstein

Switzerland

Croatia

Luxemburg

Turkey

Czech

Macedonia

USA

Sea containers from Italy

Under the Import Health Standard for Sea Containers from All Countries, all sea containers from Italy require treatment with an MPI-Approved Treatment before arrival in New Zealand. Note this is regardless of the product in the container and applies to all commodities.

Unless the importer believes the goods are sensitive to fumigation or heat treatment. Where they will be inspected upon arrival rather than treated. You must notify MPI in advance of importation that the sea container contains cargo you consider is sensitive and would be damaged by treatments.

The list of sensitive risk goods that an MPI CTO considers to be sensitive to treatment are as follows:

  • Agricultural compounds and veterinary medicines;
  • Food for human consumption (including beverages);
  • Fresh produce;
  • Frozen food products;
  • Live animals;
  • Leather goods (apparel and furniture)
  • Pet food;
  • Pharmaceutical products;
  • Polyurethane bales and foam products;
  • Refrigerated goods;
  • Seed for sowing;
  • Tank-tainers and
  • Textiles (including yarn).

Treatment Options

The 3 approved treatment options for BMSB treatment are;

  • Heat treatment
  • Methyl bromide fumigation and
  • Sulfuryl fluoride fumigation.

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: Dose increases to compensate for temperatures less than 10°C is NOT permitted.

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: Dose increases to compensate for temperatures less than 10°C is NOT permitted.

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 third-party systems are:

    • Douglas Products FumiGuide
    • Ensystex II, Inc. Fumicalc

Further information is provided on the MPI website below

https://www.biosecurity.govt.nz/importing/vehicles-and-machinery/requirement-documents-for-importing-vehicles-machinery-or-parts/brown-marmorated-stink-bug-requirements/

Please contact your ACA representative if you require further information regarding the upcoming BMSB season.