New Zealand EPA has banned anti-fouling paints containing diuron, octhilinone or ziram from June 2017.
If you are an importer or manufacturer, you are no longer permitted to import or manufacture antifouling paints containing diuron, octhilinone or ziram. However, you can continue to sell these paints to suppliers, retailers, and the public.
If you are a supplier or retailer, you can continue to sell paints containing diuron, octhilinone or ziram, but cannot import them into New Zealand for sale.
If you are a boat owner or painter, you can continue to buy and use your anti-fouling paints, but do not bring any paints that are banned from overseas into New Zealand.
Some other anti-fouling paints are affected:
- From 2013 onwards anti-fouling paints containing irgarol and chlorothalonil were banned for import and manufacture in New Zealand You can continue to sell and use your remaining stocks.
- From June 2023 onwards, you must not import or manufacture any antifouling paints containing thiram.