During the past few months, there have been significant changes to the health standards for imports, and new documents regarding these changes are now available online. A lot of these changes were apparently developed with regards to Italy’s BSMB season and issues with certain types of compromised cargo coming into New Zealand after undergoing treatment.
For more details, importers can visit the MPI website for all the documents they need to better understand the revisions and how these can actually improve understanding of the decontamination process.
One notable change to the procedure is the addition of a new option for cargo that may be sensitive to certain levels of heat or to standard methods of fumigation. The exception will even extend to vehicle parts and certain types of machinery.
Should it proven that your cargo is sensitive to the usual forms of treatment, then the best course of action is to inform the local MPI office. This means importers should exercise their right to avoid possible damage should it proven. Furthermore, you should also request a CTO to inspect and determine that such damage will occur.
Still, this could qualify a lot of other types of cargo and there is now an effort to put together a list of items that would be considered sensitive. So, while this list is still being rolled out we highly recommend staying up-to-date with the MPI and always consult them alongside your logistics partners to ensure both the compliance and safety of your cargo.