Bugs Making a Stink Down Under

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New Zealand authorities have turned away four car carriers in recent weeks when stink bugs were found on board.

The Yellow Spotted Stink Bug and the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug are native to Japan and release a chemical when threatened, emitting a pungent odour. It is understood these bugs have been found inside cars bound for New Zealand.

The stink bugs are classed as unwanted organisms under the NZ Biosecurity Act and treatment is not available in New Zealand. As such, the country’s Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has ordered affected vessels to leave NZ territory and arrange for fumigation before returning.

These events may lead to delays and incur additional costs. Vessels carrying or planning to carry vehicle cargoes from Japan to New Zealand should be aware of this current issue and exercise vigilance on loading.