Vehicles, machinery, and equipment

Vehicles, machinery, and equipment (including tyres) often carry soil, plant matter, and animals. MPI's role is to help importers meet biosecurity requirements to keep New Zealand free from contaminants, pests, and diseases which can threaten our environment.

Your step-by-step guide to importing vehicles, machinery, and equipment.
Download the new Import Health Standard (IHS) for Vehicles, Machinery, and Equipment

UPDATE – 9 August 2018

Release of new IHS for Vehicles, Machinery, and Equipment

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has released the new Import Health Standard (IHS) for Vehicles, Machinery, and Equipment. We're introducing stricter measures to make sure imported vehicles and machinery are free of biosecurity contaminants like brown marmorated stink bug.

  • Requirements relating to brown marmorated stink bug risk season come into force 1 September 2018 (the risk season runs to 30 April 2019).
  • Requirements for cleaning and certifying used machinery, and heat treating and certifying used wire cables come into force 1 December 2018. 

We've been working with overseas government agencies, embassies, shipping lines, exporters, importers, and vehicle and machinery associations affected by the new requirements to ensure they are ready to comply. 

Download a summary of the changes to the IHS [link to PDF]

The new IHS comes into force on 1 September 2018. Until then, the existing import health standard for vehicles, machinery, and tyres applies.

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 equipment, email

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