Stink Bugs Stop Japanese Car Imports Into New Zealand

Stink bugs originating from Japan are preventing thousands of vehicles being delivered to New Zealand.

New Zealand authorities assert that three large cargo ships carrying imported cars and machinery from Japan have been refused entry at ports this month due to the infestation of stink bugs onboard.

CNN reports that the bugs often reproduce quickly, eat various crops, and resist most pesticides (in case you need to know more, we’ve added a video below). They are a foreign pest would could seriously hurt New Zealand’s ecosystem.

The CEO of New Zealand’s Imported Motor Vehicle Industry Association, David Vinsen, says that the three ships were carrying more than 10,000 new and used vehicles.

“In my 15 years in this role, and probably 30 years involved in this industry, I have not seen anything which is as serious as this,” he said.

Alongside the vehicles waiting to be off-loaded in New Zealand, there are up to 8000 more vehicles awaiting shipment in Japan.

Due to the stink bugs, workers who help process the vehicles at the ports have had their working hours cut back and been told to take time off. Temporary lay-offs could follow in a matter of weeks, Vinsen said.

In an effort to ensure that no such infestation occurs again, the New Zealand government has introduced new laws. These rules will require all used vehicles from Japan to be cleaned and inspected at an approved facility before being shipped to the country.


    Invasive species have caused a lot of havok worldwide so I personally think the way they are handling it is appropriate. I’m confident this stink will get cleared up in due time although having your hours reduced as a result will tend to bug some people.

    • Agreed, Australia and NZ is handling this very seriously because their main source of income is from farming. And due to location, they are pretty much isolated from the rest of the world. So one alien species can infest them badly.

      So travel tip to Australia and NZ, don’t bring any seeds, live plants/animal or even product such as beef, cheese, milk and etc.

      • LWOAP

        I’ll go through decontamination while I’m at it.

    • smartacus

      i bet they are only searching for a better life.
      After being in their new country for 20 years;
      it’s time to legalize them out of the shadows

  • Six_Tymes

    keep em OUT! and scientists, Get Back To WORK to figure out how to kill these nasty bugs, while your at it, kill all bed bugs too.

    ok, i know, it wont happen, they cant figure it out.

  • smartacus

    Note to self:
    send stinkbugs to Venezuela
    to improve the smell; then colonize.

    • Totz

      Venezuela like New Zealand are against invasive foreign pest and GMO plants ang meats, Venezuela like New Zealand are both Socialist Economy and agricultural farming state…

      • smartacus

        I am glad we don’t live in S*hole Venezuela

  • thunder bolt

    When Trump did it, there were mass protests.

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