[29 November/Rural News]

Biosecurity New Zealand has directed a vehicle carrier to leave New Zealand waters following the discovery of stink bugs and other regulated pests on board. The Carmen arrived in Auckland and was carrying a range of vehicles from Europe and the US. The vessel will now have to be treated off shore before it can return. This is first cargo ship to be ordered to leave New Zealand since the beginning of the 2018/19 stink bug season in September. In February, Biosecurity NZ turned around four bulk carriers arriving from Japan due to stink bug contamination.