Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

MPI have advised that they are currently working on finalising the guidelines on how New Zealand will be managing this season for treatment of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB). 

The season covers shipments leaving from a BMSB origin loaded between 1 September 2018 and 30 April 2019.

Although the guidelines are still in the draft stage, we have been informed there will be some major changes to the previous season that you should be aware of.

Imports of Vehicles, Machinery and Equipment (including containerised)
For Vehicles, Machinery and Equipment, MPI have announced their final draft measures for the upcoming BMSB season in Europe. This is the final version of the draft for the new Import Health Standard for Vehicles, Machinery and Equipment (IHS), which is a ruling document around biosecurity requirements. This will most likely become the final requirements unless someone requests a review of the draft.

What MPI has now shared is very comprehensive IHS and more detailed than the previous version. Please contact your Mondiale representative if you wish to be sent the relevant documents with further details per below:

  • Guidance Document for Vehicles, Machinery and Equipment  (revised 25 July 2018)
  • Import Health Standard for Vehicles Machinery and Equipment (revised 25 July 2018)
  • MPI BMSB Treatment Technical Analysis 2018: A file that looks at the MPI research based on different treatment types

The list of countries that will require treatment has been expanded and will now include the following:

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

It is important that all importers of vehicles, machinery and equipment read the updated Import Health Standard (IHS) for vehicles machinery and equipment.

The current thinking is that all cargo from Italy will require treatment with the exception of fresh produce and food (including beverages) for human consumption.

MPI and the Australian Department of Agriculture are working together to approve treatment suppliers in Italy. They are working with heat and fumigation provider associations in Italy to improve their practices and held meetings last week in Italy with a number of these providers.

Following this meeting they will be updating the list of acceptable Italian treatment providers. Once this list is finalised, we will advise further. In the meantime Mondiale’s local agent in Italy has been working with treatment providers at origin for several months to ensure they have been making headway to meet the standards set out by MPI.

For all cargo loaded ex Italy from 1 September 2018 Mondiale will handle as follows:

  • FCL – Mondiale will arrange fumigation for all cargo prior to departure for the duration of the BMSB season.

    Upon arrival this should enable Bio Security to immediately release the container from the Port of arrival. However, there is a possibility that the release will come with the stipulation that the container can only be opened and unloaded in the presence of a Bio Security officer. In other words the container will be subject to a “Supervised Inspection”.

    The cost of doing the pre-fumigation will be approximately EUR 350.00 per container (20’ or 40’) plus any Bio Security attendance fees in New Zealand.

  • LCL – Mondiale will fumigate containers at origin. The additional cost to cover the pre-fumigation will be NZ$15.00 per m3.

The preference of MPI is to have the container fumigated at origin by an approved treatment provider. This will ensure the BMSB issue is dealt with prior to arriving in New Zealand and will ensure there are no delays on arrival, thus avoiding port demurrage fees.

Approved Treatment Options

  • Heat Treatment
  • Methyl Bromide Fumigation
  • Sulfuryl Fluoride Fumigation

Please contact your Mondiale representative if more information is required.

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