Vehicles & machinery

Vehicles 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.

IHS updates

20 February – IHS update

The IHS for Vehicles, Machinery and Tyres has been updated. From 19 February 2018, exports from Japan of used:

  • vehicles (cars and trucks) must be processed by an MPI-approved vehicle system
  • machinery or other types of used vehicles must provide certification of cleaning by an MPI-approved cleaning provider.

24 January – IHS and BMSB guidance revised

To help manage the risk of brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) infestation, we've:

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

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