New rules to help keep out bug pest

The brown marmorated stink bug.

Biosecurity New Zealand has provisionally released new rules intended to keep the brown marmorated stink bug out of New Zealand.

The new regulations will apply to this year’s stink bug season, which starts on September 1 and runs until April 30.

Following consultation with industry, the list of countries that have requirements to treat imported vehicles, machinery and parts before they arrive in New Zealand will rise from 17 to 33.

“These countries have all been identified as having stink bug populations,” said Biosecurity NZ spokesman Paul Hallett.

“The other big change is that imported cargo relating to vehicles will need to be treated offshore, including sea containers.

“Only non-containerised vehicle cargo has required offshore treatment in the past,” he said.

Offshore treatment requirements will also apply to all sea containers from Italy.

“The new rules are intended to reduce the biosecurity risk to New Zealand by ensuring potentially contaminated cargo arrives as clean as possible.”

Biosecurity NZ planned to have officers based in Europe this season to educate manufacturers, treatment providers and exporters about the new requirements and to audit facilities, Mr Hallett said.

“If our checks find any issues, New Zealand will not accept any cargo from that facility until the problem has been fixed.”

New Zealand’s treatment requirements were now closer to Australia’s, which will make compliance easier for importers bringing cargo to both countries, Mr Hallett said.

Biosecurity New Zealand has provisionally released new rules intended to keep the brown marmorated stink bug out of New Zealand.

The new regulations will apply to this year’s stink bug season, which starts on September 1 and runs until April 30.

Following consultation with industry, the list of countries that have requirements to treat imported vehicles, machinery and parts before they arrive in New Zealand will rise from 17 to 33.

“These countries have all been identified as having stink bug populations,” said Biosecurity NZ spokesman Paul Hallett.

“The other big change is that imported cargo relating to vehicles will need to be treated offshore, including sea containers.

“Only non-containerised vehicle cargo has required offshore treatment in the past,” he said.

Offshore treatment requirements will also apply to all sea containers from Italy.

“The new rules are intended to reduce the biosecurity risk to New Zealand by ensuring potentially contaminated cargo arrives as clean as possible.”

Biosecurity NZ planned to have officers based in Europe this season to educate manufacturers, treatment providers and exporters about the new requirements and to audit facilities, Mr Hallett said.

“If our checks find any issues, New Zealand will not accept any cargo from that facility until the problem has been fixed.”

New Zealand’s treatment requirements were now closer to Australia’s, which will make compliance easier for importers bringing cargo to both countries, Mr Hallett said.

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