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New conditions for cargo ex Italy due to Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) - January 2018

Posted on 17 January 2018

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (the department) has found significant numbers of BMSB in various types of containerised goods arriving from Italy into Australia. These detections indicate that BMSB are sheltering in a range of containers and goods outside of those captured by existing measures.

What does this mean for me?

All containerised (FCL, FCX and LCL) goods shipped via sea cargo from ITALY that arrive in Australia between 17th January 2018 and 30th April 2018 will be required to undergo and approved treatment.

Profiles have been created to refer relevant entries lodged by brokers for shipment ex Italy and must lodge all documentation relating to the consignment into the COLS system.

Are there exceptions?

Yes. Exception apply to goods treated offshore or fall within one of the excluded tariff groups:

  • Fresh produce
  • Live animals
  • Food for human consumption
  • Seeds for sowing

Importers shipping consignments to Australia during the BMSB risk season should ensure their stakeholders are aware of the risk of BMSB infestation and the importance of preventing infestation prior to shipping.

For any further information please refer to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources or contact your local customs broker.