MPI has made an urgent amendment to the Import Health Standard (IHS) for Vehicles, Machinery and Tyres including components and parts (VMT items) for specific items from Italy. This is required to appropriately manage the risk of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug – BMSB (Halyomorpha halys) infestation.
BMSB is a regulated pest of great concern to New Zealand as it could have a significant impact on our agricultural and horticultural industries, and the NZ environment if it established. It is a major pest of agricultural and horticultural plants including a large number of major NZ domestic use and export crops where fruit and vegetable quality and quantity can be reduced significantly. It is also considered to be of nuisance value to people and their pets as it aggregates in human dwellings in winter and releases a noxious odour if disturbed. In addition, BMSB's effect on NZ native plants is yet unknown but it could be considerable.