PLEASE NOTE: New measures for all vehicles and machinery sourced and shipped from the United States
February 18, 2015
The Ministry for Primary Industries is notifying you of new measures being issued for all vehicles and machinery sourced and shipped from the United States. These new measures are the result of interceptions of Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) being found in vehicles, machinery, boats and equipment from USA ports. Due to the high pest status of these stink bugs the new measures will be in place from the 24th December to better manage this risk.
The Biosecurity Act 1993 section 24B allows for an import health standard to be amended. The Chief Technical Officer considered that the standard needed to be amended urgently. As a result, the consultation with persons who may be adversely affected by the amendment, which would occur under our normal processes, has not occurred (as allowed under section 24B(2)).
MPI is aware that this sudden change at this time of the year may cause problems in the supply chain. However the significant risk this pest presents and recent detections and new information has necessitated this immediate action to protect New Zealand. We will be working with stakeholders who have consignments currently being shipped to New Zealand.