Vehicles & machinery
Vehicles, machinery, tyres, and equipment often carry hitchhiking animals like insects or reptiles, which can threaten our environment. MPI's role is to help importers meet biosecurity requirements to keep New Zealand free from harmful pests and diseases.
Your step-by-step guide to importing vehicles, machinery, and tyres.
Download the import health standard (IHS) for vehicles, machinery, and tyres [PDF, 62 KB]
14 May 2018 – New IHS pending
The Import Health Standard (IHS) for Vehicles, Machinery and Tyres is due for re-release in the next few months following further consultation. This is due to large numbers of brown marmorated stink bugs and other live insects found in vehicles and machinery exported from Japan in recent months. Extra requirements for Japan imports are being drafted for inclusion in this proposed IHS. The final draft of the IHS is expected to be released for a short consultation period by June 2018. The IHS is expected to be finalised shortly after and requirements implemented on 1 September 2018.
The last draft IHS was consulted on in December 2017 following an initial consultation in 2015. Changes were proposed to address the increasing risk of brown marmorated stink bugs from the USA and some European countries. The name of the IHS was also changed to Vehicles, Machinery and Equipment.
- Download the December 2017 draft IHS [PDF, 640 KB]
8 March – On arrival guidance for imports from Japan
MPI has released on arrival guidance relating to stink bugs for vessel operators and importers to manage pests (including brown marmorated and yellow spotted stink bugs) and assist planning and preparation at the border for vehicles and machinery carried in vessels or containers from Japan. The guidance is valid for shipments that left Japan between 8 March and 30 April 2018.
- Letter to industry on arrival guidelines [PDF, 185 KB]
27 February – Guidance for imports from Japan
MPI has released guidance for vessel operators and importers to manage pests (including brown marmorated and yellow spotted stink bugs) on vehicles, machinery and vessels from Japan. The guidance is valid from 23 February for shipments that left Japan up to and including 30 April 2018.
- Download MPI's guidance for imports from Japan [PDF, 239 KB]
This import process is for:
- new and used cars, and other vehicles
- new and used tyres
- rural and building machinery
- equipment and parts
- aircraft arriving as cargo
- seacraft arriving as cargo.
Importing related products
Processes for importing products related to vehicles, machinery, and tyres are elsewhere on the website. Follow these steps if you're:
Who to contact
If you have a question about importing vehicles, machinery, or tyres, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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