BMSB warning to importers
Biosecurity New Zealand has sent a stark message to shippers, agents, and importers that imported cargo must meet new rules intended to keep Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) out of New Zealand.
The importing industry needs to be aware that high-risk cargo that hasn't been treated before arrival will not be allowed to come ashore in most instances. The aim is to keep out the highly invasive pest that could devastate New Zealand's horticulture industry if it established here.
The new rules were formally issued by Biosecurity New Zealand in late July. They require offshore treatment of imported vehicles, machinery, and parts from 33 identified risk countries, and all sea containers from Italy during the stink bug season. In the past, only uncontainerised vehicle cargo from risk countries required treatment before arriving in New Zealand.
Similar to previous years, this season will see increased surveillance and inspection of arriving vessels and cargo from countries with established stink bug populations.
Find out more about the new rules here.