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What Are MPI Requirements for Imports and Why Do They Matter?

Posted on September 23, 2013

Wash Me To protect New Zealand, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has issued a set of requirements for any imported cargo.

Vehicles are a particularly efficient medium to carry unwanted visitors. In the course of their use, they can pick up plant material, insects, soil samples, and your car offers a myriad of nooks and crannies for them to hide in. Having their vehicles cleaned thoroughly, inside and out, is the owner's responsibility, and you may want to hire the services of a professional as your car will come under great scrutiny.

It will go through a series of steps, which your shipping company will handle for you:

A bio security inspection permit arranged by your freight forwarder, will be issued for your vehicle so that it can be taken to a transitional facility upon arrival. Your vehicle and its container, if it came in one, will be inspected by an MPI inspector.

If your vehicle is found to be contaminated, i.e. has any mud, dirt, plant material, insects on it, it will need to be cleaned by a MPI approved cleaning facility (your freight forwarder will arrange this) at your cost and then reinspected by a MPI inspector and released to you. T

he clean and re inspection of the vehicle can delay the release to you by 1 to 3 days. Motorhomes and machinery have been known to be refused to be shipped at the port of loading due to the condition they have been presented in.

To avoid delays and additional costs, make sure your vehicle is clean inside and out.

For more information about car and vehicle shipping, contact us, phone us on +64 9 303 0075, or get a free quote.


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