Seasonal Update on Stink Bug Control

In response to the rapid expansion of BMSB throughout Europe and North America, DoA has strengthened the seasonal measures to halt the risk of Stink Bugs arriving in Australia.

In response to the rapid expansion of BMSB throughout Europe and North America, the Department of Agriculture (DoA) has strengthened the seasonal measures to manage the risk of BMSB from arriving in Australia, for the 2019–20 BMSB season. DoA has used a range of scientific, intelligence- and evidence-based information when setting the measures, including data collected from the previous season’s onshore verification activities.

DoA has also worked closely with the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries on the 2019-20 measures, to ensure both Australia and New Zealand’s BMSB seasonal measures are consistent across the two countries, where possible.

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 took effect from 01 September 2019, for cargo that arrives in Australian by 31 May 2020.

Last week DoA issued notice 05-2020: Adjusting goods and/or packaging prior to onshore BMSB treatment. It is directed to: Treatment providers, freight forwarders, importers and customs brokers, associated with importing goods that require Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) treatment during the BMSB risk season.

Check if your goods need to comply with the seasonal measures:
- Will the goods be shipped from between 01 September 2019 and 30 April 2020 (inclusive), and arrive in Australian territory by 31 May 2020 (inclusive)?
- Will the goods be shipped as sea cargo?
- Have the goods been manufactured, or shipped from, a target risk country?
- Are the goods categorised as target high risk or target risk goods?

If you have answered “yes” to the above questions, then BMSB measures will apply to your goods. The same conditions will apply for both new and used goods.

As licensed Customs Brokers and International Freight Forwarders, Alliance Intercontinental can offer you correct advice on all Biosecurity regulations and Customs procedures. We are based in Brisbane and handle cargo, both import and export, at all major ports and airports around Australia.

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