Stink Bug Season - September to April 2018 / 2019
Brown marmorated stink bugs (BMSB) pose a high biosecurity risk to Australia. The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) have finalised the measures to be taken for the upcoming BMSB 2018/2019 season.
We encourage all importers to read and start your discussions with suppliers now to reduce compliance risks and ensure treatment providers your suppliers utilize are on the DAWR approved list of offshore treatment providers.
Please contact your account manager / customs broker if you would like further assistance.
What are Stink Bugs?
The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) is an exotic pest of high biosecurity concern to Australia because of their tendency to hitchhike, highly mobile nature and the lack of effective lures.
What are the BMSB2018/19 season measures?
You must comply with seasonal measures for certain goods arriving from certain countries that are shipped between 1 September 2018 and 30 April 2019 inclusive.
In order to mitigate any biosecurity threats you can have your containers treated offshore at origin by a treatment provider listed on the approved list of offshore BMSB treatment providers or on arrival here in Australia. (depending on transport mode and commodity).
Details of the seasonal measures for the 2018-19 BSMB season are outlined below. Throughout the season we will continue to review the measures based on detections of BMSB and the risk pathways.
- Certain goods (target high risk and target risk goods) manufactured, or shipped from the target risk countries as sea cargo.
- Mandatory offshore treatment of target high risk goods shipped as break bulk, in open top containers or on flat rack containers.
- Mandatory offshore or onshore treatment of target high risk goods shipped as containerised cargo in sealed six sided containers, such as FCL (full container load), FCX (full container consolidated), LCL (less than container load) and FAK (freight of all kinds).
- Containerised cargo with target high risk goods may be treated on arrival in Australia at the container level. Deconsolidation or removal of goods will not be permitted prior to treatment.
- Export or destruction of target high risk goods requiring mandatory offshore treatment and arriving untreated, or treated by an unapproved treatment provider, unless exceptional circumstances are granted.
- Target risk goods will be subject to increased onshore intervention through random inspection and will be directed for onshore treatment if BMSB is detected.
- Random inspection of goods after treatment to validate the effectiveness of treatments.
- Random inspection of goods from all other emerging BMSB risk countries
- All goods must still meet standard import conditions in BICON.
- Target risk countries
Any target high risk or target risk goods manufactured in, or shipped from these countries are subject to the BMSB seasonal measures.
Any vessel that tranships or loads goods from these countries are also subject to heightened vessel surveillance.
- United States of America
- Japan (heightened vessel surveillance will be the only measure applied).
- Target high risk goods
Goods in this category require mandatory treatment for BMSB risk.
All tariffs under the following chapters are categorised as target high risk goods.
36 Explosives, pyrotechnics 74 Copper 84 Machinery 44 Wood 75 Nickel 85 Electrical machinery 45 Cork 76 Aluminium 86 Railway locos 57 Carpets 78 Lead 87 Vehicles 68 Stone, cement 79 Zinc 88 Aircraft 69 Ceramics 80 Tin 89 Ships 70 Glass 81 Base metals 93 Arms, ammunition 72 Steel, iron 82 Tools, cutlery 73 Steel articles 83 Base metal
- Target risk goods
Goods in this category will be subject to increased onshore intervention through random inspection. If BMSB is detected the goods will be directed for onshore treatment.
All tariffs under the following chapters are categorised as target risk goods.
25 Salt, minerals 31 Fertilisers 47 Wood pulp 26 Ores, slag, ash 38 Chemical products 48 Paper, cardboard 27 Fuel oils 39 Plastics 49 Printed matter 28 Inorganic chemicals 40 Tyres, rubber 56 Wadding, felt 29 Organic chemicals 46 Straw, basket ware
- All other goods
BMSB seasonal measures do not apply to goods not identified as ‘target high risk’ and ‘target risk’. However, these goods may be subject to the measures if they are part of a consignment that contains target high risk and target risk goods.
- Treatment options
- Heat treatment
- Methyl bromide fumigation
- Sulfuryl fluoride fumigation
- Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers Scheme
The Offshore Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Treatment Providers Scheme (the scheme) sets out the department’s registration and compliance requirements for BMSB treatment providers.
Treatment providers who meet the requirements of the scheme will be added to our approved list of offshore BMSB treatment providers.