New Zealand authorities have turned away four car carriers in recent weeks after stink bugs were found on board, reported North of England P&I Club. 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. North said that it understood these bugs had been found inside cars bound for New Zealand.
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.
North said that these events could lead to delays and incur additional costs. The club advised members that 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.