Navigating the BMSB Season in New Zealand

September 1, 2023

The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) season has returned, spanning from September 1, 2023, to April 30, 2024. New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has strengthened its regulations for imports from countries where BMSB is prevalent.

Consistency with Last Year’s Regulations

The procedures for this year remain in line with the previous season. For LCL (Less-than-Container Load) shipments from countries such as Japan, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, and Spain, the cargo accepted falls under two categories:
– Low-risk items, including food products.
– High-risk items, notably VMP (vehicle, machinery or parts), which must come with a declaration certifying they were produced and stored indoors, or be treated prior to arrival into New Zealand.

Italy’s Special Protocols

Given Italy’s heightened risk of BMSB infestation, all LCL shipments from there must be heat-treated before shipping. This process involves circulating hot air around the container until achieving a temperature of 60°C. It’s vital to package your cargo in a way that can endure this treatment. – – – need to say something about cargo that is exempt from treatment

Regulations for Transhipped Cargo

Goods transhipped via Singapore or Hong Kong, but originating from BMSB-risk countries, will undergo treatment at the transshipment port.

FCL Shipment Guidelines for BMSB Season 2023-2024

Full-Container Loads (FCL) and that contain high-risk goods, from the countries listed below must comply with BMSB regulations:

North America
– Canada

– Albania
– Andorra
– Armenia
– Austria
– Azerbaijan
– Belgium
– Bosnia and Herzegovina
– Bulgaria
– Croatia
– Czech Republic
– France
– Georgia
– Germany
– Greece
– Hungary
– Italy – all cargo unless exempt from treatment
– Kosovo
– Liechtenstein
– Luxembourg
– Macedonia
– Moldova
– Netherlands
– Poland
– Portugal
– Romania
– Russia
– Serbia
– Slovakia
– Spain
– Switzerland
– Turkey
– Ukraine

– Japan

Please take note: High-risk goods should include a manufacturer’s declaration verifying they are new and were kept indoors. If cargo doesn’t meet these specifications, it will require BMSB treatments, such as fumigation or heat treatment.

Guidelines Specific to Italy’s FCL Shipments

Every FCL shipment from Italy must undergo treatment, unless deemed as sensitive cargo by the MPI. Sensitive cargo encompasses items like food, pharmaceuticals, and textiles.

High-Risk Containers

Be especially cautious with goods meant for transport in open-top containers or flat racks. Due to their exposure to the environment, these containers pose a significant BMSB infestation risk. MPI demands these shipments be treated before loading. It’s crucial to remember the tight 5-day window between treatment and vessel loading, necessitating thorough planning.

For any additional information or clarifications, please reach out to Seabridge. Your collaboration is vital in protecting New Zealand’s delicate ecosystem.