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MPI to amend Import Health Standard

In response to the threat of the stink bug biohazard aboard car carriers, the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) announced today that it will be amending the Import Health Standard, effective immediately.
  • Pre-shipping inspection will now be required for all used vehicles and machinery from ports in Japan.
  • MPI is also working with the new vehicle industry and is looking to implement changes across this pathway as well.
  • This week, shipping lines and importers will be trialling a proposed treatment programme, and systematic testing, on one of the affected ships when it returns to port in Auckland.  
  • This approach is not yet an approved biosecurity system, and cannot be considered a silver bullet solution. MPI will continue to treat each ship on a case-by-case basis.
  • Longer-term measures are also now being worked on, to ensure that all used vehicles are cleared of any insects before export, and that none arrive live in destination ports in the future.
    We are well aware that this issue is having a severe impact on our supply chain, and that businesses and jobs are at risk. However, biosecurity is paramount for New Zealand’s wider economy and must not be compromised.

If you find any evidence of insect infestation, phone the 24/7 MPI Exotic Pest and Disease Hotline on 0800 80 99 66 and report it immediately. 

More info is available on the MPI website.
 
For any questions, please contact VIA Technical Manager Malcolm Yorston on 0800 VIA VIA (842 842) or email technical@via.org.nz.

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VIA announces update on stink bugs

As previously reported, a cross-industry working group was established last week in response to the stink bug threat.

The Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) has today advised the group on proposed immediate treatment measures for ships already affected. 

This week, shipping lines and importers will be trialling a proposed treatment programme, and systematic testing, to see if these are effective at killing the bugs on the vessels that were denied entry. 

MPI discourages vessels en route to Auckland or waiting to be loaded in Japanese ports in arriving without having taken appropriate measures to remove the risk. 

MPI has also applied for permission to use restricted pest control substances, if this becomes necessary. VIA and the MIA, working jointly on behalf of industry, have approached the relevant Government ministers in support of this application.

VIA are aware that this issue is having a severe impact on our supply chain, and that businesses and jobs are at risk, but they are determined on reaching a solution will keep the industry and those involved informed of all developments.

If you find any evidence of insect infestation, phone the 24/7 MPI Exotic Pest and Disease Hotline on 0800 80 99 66 and report it immediately

More info is available on the MPI website.

For any questions, please contact VIA Technical Manager Malcolm Yorston on 0800 VIA VIA (842 842) or email technical@via.org.nz

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Working group to address safety of imports

An emergency working group has been set up, to find a way to eliminate the bugs from the ships currently affected, and enable the safe discharge of their cargo.

VIA staff are working proactively with the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI), attending their meeting with industry yesterday to gain updated information and provide input on potential solutions.

No particular type of cargo (new or used cars, industrial or agricultural machinery) has yet been identified exclusively as carrying the bugs.

VIA will also continue to work on medium and longer-term prevention measures, and keep all our members informed of developments.

If you find any evidence of insect infestation, phone the 24/7 MPI Exotic Pest and Disease Hotline on 0800 80 99 66 and report it immediately
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Import health standards changes imminent

David Vinsen

Autofile understands there will be an announcement this afternoon by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) that changes will be made to import health standards, and that all used passenger vehicles exported from Japan to New Zealand will be required to be cleaned and inspected before leaving Japan.

Changes to import health standards have been mooted for some time, but it is believed the current infestations of BMSB and YSSB have initiated immediate action.

VIA (the Imported Motor Vehicle Industry Association) has confirmed its support in ensuring that New Zealand’s biosecurity is the bottom line.

Chief executive, David Vinsen, who contacted Autofile earlier this morning, says: “The absolute bottom line for us is to ensure biosecurity is maintained and that the future of New Zealand’s primary production is not at risk through the importation of vehicles.

“We are working closely with the MPI to find a suitable solution and a meeting will be held this morning to further examine possible solutions. These may include freezing. The bugs are extreme-temperature intolerant, so either heating or freezing are options we are looking into. There will be a trial conducted to assess this imminently with the hope that treatment will follow immediately afterwards.

“We are committed to finding a solution and, to this end, VIA will be taking the lead on behalf of our industry.”

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VIA issues biohazard warning

The VIA has suggested that all vehicles are inspected thoroughly for signs of Brown Marmorated and Yellow Spotted Stink Bugs. 

Whether you’re an importer, wholesaler, compliance shop or dealer, check every vehicle that is currently on site and all new arrivals.

These bugs are extremely difficult to find, but the more eyes we have looking, the better. Concentrate your efforts after a significant increase in temperature or following vehicle movement.

Ships are currently being turned back from ports in both New Zealand and Australia, as MPI works across industries to secure our border from this threat.

The warning comes in light of the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) having identified several instances of this pest reaching New Zealand on ships carrying new and used vehicles and industrial machinery.

The Brown Marmorated and Yellow Spotted Stink Bugs are a potentially devastating threat to New Zealand’s crops and primary industries.

If you find any evidence of insect infestation, phone the 24/7 MPI Exotic Pest and Disease Hotline on 0800 80 99 66 and report it immediately.

More info is available on the MPI website.

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ESC rules for vans and mini buses

Clarification of rules for MB and MD classes
Reminder: all used MA vehicles (passenger cars) with engine capacity greater than 2 litres, border-checked on or after 1 March, will be required to have ESC as OEM equipment. 
To clarify the status of van-type vehicles equipped with seats (e.g. Toyota Hiace), MB Class vehicles do not require ESC until 1 March 2020.The definition of an MB Class vehicle is as follows:

MB (Forward control
passenger vehicle)
A passenger vehicle (other than a Class MC vehicle):
(a) that has not more than nine seating positions
(including the driver’s seating position); and
(b) in which the centre of the steering wheel is in the
forward quarter of the vehicle’s total length

A van-type vehicle with 10 seats falls into the MD Class, which is not required to have ESC. MD Class is defined as:

MD 1 An omnibus that has a gross vehicle mass not exceeding 3.5 tonnes and not more than 12 seating positions

Please note: Due to their design, van-type vehicles (like the Toyota Hiace) can only be classified as a Class NA or MB, and therefore never classed as MA.

For any questions, please contact VIA Technical Manager Malcolm Yorston on 0800 VIA VIA (842 842) or email technical@via.org.nz.

 

 
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Take care when advertising EVs

The VIA’s latest announcement reminds all dealers that when selling an electric vehicle (EV), the “State of Health” is by far the most accurate way of measuring battery condition.

The bar display on the vehicle is only an indicator, and should not be promoted in advertising – a print-out of the battery’s State of Health should be used instead.

In a recent case, a dealer advertised a Nissan Leaf showing a photo of the battery condition indicator with 12 bars, but made no other mention of battery condition. 

The buyer found he couldn’t travel the distance he expected, and rejected the vehicle. A check showed that the battery health was significantly lower than would be expected with 12 bars.

The Tribunal found that the photo of the indicator, which the buyer had relied on, was misleading, and upheld the rejection.

For any questions on this or any issues relating to EVs, please contact VIA Technical Manager Malcolm Yorston on 0800 VIA VIA (842 842) or email technical@via.org.nz.

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Important compliance update

All used MA vehicles (passenger cars) with engine capacity greater than 2 litres that are border-checked on or after 1 March will be required to have ESC as OEM equipment.

Following intensive research, VIA has now produced lists of makes and models that either:
a)    definitely do not comply (Red list)
b)    definitely comply (Green list), or
c)    require further research (Amber list). 

Vehicles on the Amber list may be fitted with a range of stability control technologies, but only some of these manufactured prior to 2006 will meet NZTA’s ESC requirements (available on the NZTA website).

If a vehicle is identified as requiring further investigation, the importer should ensure that it is physically inspected prior to purchase. 
 
View the full ESC compliance list here

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VIA’s Christmas office hours

The VIA office will close at midday on Friday 23 December, and re-open on Wednesday 3 January.

All requests for VIA supplies and services need to be sent to the VIA by 5pm on Thursday 22 December.

If you have any enquiries during our closedown period, please email info@via.org.nz

However, your enquiry will be answered when the office opens in the new year.

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Breakthrough in EV battery imports

The VIA, (Imported Motor Vehicle Industry Association), has been working to develop a procedure to ensure that new and used EV, electric vehicle, batteries can be imported into New Zealand.

“We have now been able to obtain documentation for certain battery types, to ensure that shipping companies can meet their requirements under the UN dangerous goods regulations,” says the VIA.

The lifespan of EV batteries is a key factor in issuing mechanical warranties for EVs, which mean greater confidence for consumers.

The VIA has announced a new import procedure in order to meet UN dangerous goods regulations.

“While we have been able to achieve a breakthrough, it is still not an easy process as the shipping of Li-ion batteries is highly regulated.”

VIA is the business association that represents the interests of the wider trade involved in importing, preparing, wholesaling and retailing the majority of used vehicles imported from Japan, Singapore and other jurisdictions.

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ESC for Toyota Land Cruiser

‘VSC OFF’ on the 200 Series Toyota Land Cruiser’s dashboard’s display.

The VIA, (the Imported Motor Vehicle Industry Association), has been contacted by several members as to whether the 200 Series Toyota Land Cruiser has electronic stability control, (ESC).

The VIA has found that to identify vehicle stability control, (VSC), which is recognised by the NZTA as ESC, the vehicle needs to be put into low ratio 4WD and moved before the warning “VSC OFF” will come up on the dashboard’s display.

If this display comes up, the vehicle is ESC-equipped and compliant.

For any questions on this or any other ESC-related issue, please contact Technical Manager Malcolm Yorston on 0800 VIA VIA (842 842) or email technical@via.org.nz.

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