Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Update

The BMSB season is defined as cargo/containers leaving the country of origin on/and after the 1st September 2018 and arriving in New Zealand on/and before 30th April 2019.

Vehicles, Machinery and Equipment
New and used vehicles, machinery and equipment from BMSB risk countries will require treatment or an approved system as per the standard unless exemptions apply.

Below link to the MPI site has more detailed information. A change has been made to the Import Health Standard which defines ‘equipment’ and ‘machinery’.      

 Link to the VME guidance document

Cleaning certificates
The VME standard now includes extra requirements for cleanliness, by introducing a cleaning certificate requirement – sections 3.1 and 3.3.

Requirements for cleaning and certifying used machinery, and for treating and certifying used wire cables will come into force 1 December 2018 however we suggest you start using them as soon as possible.

Cleaning Certificate Template:

Countries of Potential Interest for BMSB (schedule 3 of VME);

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

Approved Treatment Options

Heat Treatment
Methyl Bromide Fumigation
Sulfuryl Fluoride Fumigation

Italy – BMSB Change to Standard

MPI have now released a further update confirming all cargo from Italy must be treated. This includes all FCL shipments and our Groupage (LCL) containers. 

This applies for all shipments departing Italy from 1 September 2018 to 30 April 2019.

The two methods of treatment approved by MPI that are available at origin are Heat Treatment and Fumigation using Sulfuryl Fluoride.

If cargo is untreated at origin, cargo will require treatment on arrival in New Zealand.

If you believe your cargo could be damaged by the MPI approved biosecurity treatments, please notify your Mondiale contact so alternative methods of treatment can be investigated.


Cargo which is exempt from requiring treatment is noted below;

  • Food for human consumption (including beverages);                   
  • Fresh produce;
  • Live animal;                                                                             
  • Registered Pharmaceutical products;
  • Seed for sowing;                                                                      
  • Textiles;
  • ACVM goods                                                                             
  • Apparel made of leather
  • Reefers                                                                                    
  • Leather furniture 

 The cost to treat cargo will be passed on to customers in accordance with our outlay.

NZ Treatment Providers

Due to a nationwide update of fumigation procedures being implemented, from the 1st of September 2018 the NZ treatment providers have advised there will be a cost increase. This cost is yet to be finalised so at this stage, we are unable to confirm the pricing for fumigation in NZ.

Once we have the pricing confirmed by the NZ treatment providers we will be able to advise further.

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