In Australia and New Zealand, it is season for Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB). The BMSB is considered a hitchhiker pest that can spread via oceangoing vessels. They seek shelter from cold weather during winter season and find their way into equipment, vehicles, machinery and other types of cargo.

For the 2019-20 BMSB risk season, heightened biosecurity measures will apply to:

  • certain goods manufactured in, or shipped from target risk countries, and/or
  • vessels that berth at, load or tranship from target risk countries

The measures apply from 1 September 2019 that arrive in Australian territory by 31 May 2020 (inclusive).

Goods shipped between 1 September and 30 April need to be treated, and will be referred for intervention if they arrive by 31 May 2020.

For goods that are shipped prior to 30 April and arrive after 31 May, they may be subject to intervention as required.

With immediate effect for ALL shipments into Australia and New Zealand it is mandatory that cargo is treated during BMSB seasonal (for BMSB treatment – please check the website of DOA). 

1) High Risk Countries –  

(a)All goods to be treated at Origin using approved offshore treatment provider

2) Non Risk Countries –   

(a) Flat Rack / Open Top are considered as Break bulk – if the goods are tranship thru a target risk country & are spending more than 120 hours in the precinct of the port than they must be treated offshore (at transhipment port) using approved offshore treatment provider

(b) Standard container –  If the goods are sealed in a six hard sided container that will not be opened during transhipment in the target risk country, BMSB measures do not apply to your goods. A sealing declaration maybe used to show that the container has not been opened during this period.

If the goods are sealed in a six hard sided container but will be opened during transhipment in the target risk country, the target high risk goods must be treated offshore using an approved offshore treatment provider prior to being loaded into the container. Containers need to be closed as soon as possible after treatment. Sealing the container must occur within 120 hours after treatment has been completed.

If you want to read more about the 2019-20 Seasonal measures for Brown marmorated stink bug please check the website of DOA – the Australia Government, Department of Agriculture

Please note AQIS is very strict and there are no grounds for appealing as the BMSB measures must be followed. 

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