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Bug’s import impact

A vehicle importer says a supply shortage caused by ships being unable to dock in New Zealand could cause used car vehicle prices to increase by as much as 20 percent.

Director of Genuine Vehicle Imports PJ Johnston says clearing the backlog caused by the presence of stink bugs in the car-carrying ships is imperative if prices are to remain steady.

These comments come after the Ministry of Primary Industries announced new measures that all vehicles will be cleaned and inspected before leaving Japan for our shores.

Three car-carrying ships were held up outside New Zealand waters, awaiting treatment to kill any pests on board.

Businesses linked to the car import industry stood down employees as biosecurity concerns prevented thousands of cars from entering the country. - NZ Herald

Supply shortage caused by stink bugs on car carriers could cause prices to increase. Photo / NZ Herald File New Zealand Herald photograph by Glenn Jeffrey