Proposed 2019-20 Seasonal measures for Brown Marmorated stink bug (BMSB) by DSH Global Logistics (Australia)

14-May-2019

In response to the rapid expansion of BMSB throughout Europe and North America, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (the department) has strengthened the seasonal measures to manage risk of BMSB from arriving in Australia for the 2019–20 BMSB risk season. The department has used a range of scientific, intelligence and evidence based information when setting the measures including data collected from the 2018-19 BMSB season onshore verification activities.

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

For the 2019–20 BMSB risk season, certain goods manufactured in, or shipped from target risk countries as sea cargo will be subject to BMSB intervention. The measures apply to goods shipped between 1 September 2019 and 30 April 2020 (inclusive).

As with previous BMSB risk seasons, you must comply with these measures for goods categorised as either target high risk or target risk goods.

Details of the proposed seasonal measures for the 2019-20 BMSB season are outlined below.

The measures apply to goods shipped between 1 September 2019 and 30 April 2020 (inclusive).

The following countries below have been categorised as target risk.

Any target high risk or target risk goods which are manufactured in, or shipped from the target risk countries will be subject to BMSB seasonal measures.

Any vessel that tranships or loads from the target risk countries are also subject to heightened vessel surveillance.

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Armenia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Croatia
  • Czechia
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Japan (Heightened vessel surveillance only)
  • Kosovo
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxembourg
  • Montenegro
  • Netherlands
  • North Macedonia
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • United States of America

In addition, the department continues to review the changing pest status of BMSB and will also be undertaking a lower rate of random onshore inspections on goods from other emerging risk countries to verify pest absence in goods.

There is no expansion of the BMSB measures to require mandatory treatment of target high risks goods manufactured in, or shipped from the watch list countries. Containerised target high risk goods selected for onshore inspection will be sent for a full unpack on arrival. Break bulk target high risk goods selected for inspection will be directed for an on wharf inspection.

Please do not hesitate to contact your partners at DSH Global Logistics should have any further queries or questions.

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