Brown Marmorated Stink Bug 2017 – 18 Season

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has developed the following measures to manage the seasonal risk of Brown Moderated Stink Bug (BMSB) infestations in break bulk and containerized sea cargo shipped from the USA & Italy.
The mandatory measures apply to target cargo shipped from all ports in the United States, as well as any European ports which load cargo manufactured or stored in Italy after the commencement of the season. The measures reinstate mandatory treatment requirements prior to the shipment of goods, and include some changes to the target goods requiring treatment.
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Mandatory measures

  • From 1 September 2017 all used goods in the target tariffs must be cleaned and then treated for potential BMSB infestation immediately prior to shipping to Australia on or before 30 April 2018. This applies to break bulk and FCL/FCX containerised goods.
  • All new goods in the target tariffs manufactured and/or stored between 1 September 2017 and 1 December 2017 and then shipped as break bulk or FCL/FCX on or before 30 April 2018, must also undergo offshore treatment unless subject to alternative safeguarding arrangements approved by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.
  • All new goods in the target tariff groups manufactured after 1 December 2017 and shipped as break bulk or FCL/FCX on or before 30 April 2018 will require a consignment specific manufacturers’ ‘new, unused and not field tested’ (NUFT) declaration which also includes the date and place of manufacture.

 

Effective Treatments

The recommended treatments for BMSB remain unchanged from the previous season and are as follows:

  • Sulfuryl fluoride – at least 48g/m3 for 6 hours or longer or at least 16g/m3 for 12 hours or longer both with an end point reading of 50 per cent or more of the initial concentration and conducted at a temperature of 10 °C or higher (please note this temperature is 5 °C lower than the methyl bromide conditions below).
  • Methyl bromide – at least 16g/m3 for 12 hours or longer with an end point reading of 50 per cent or more of the initial concentration and conducted at a temperature of 15 °C or higher (please note this temperature is 5 °C higher than the sulfuryl fluoride conditions above).

 

Treatment window before loading

  • Break bulk goods treated before 1 December 2017 have a 96 hour treatment window.
  • Break bulk goods treated after 1 December 2017 are unlikely to become re-infested, so they are not subject to a treatment window.
  • Containerised goods sealed in the container immediately after treatment are not subject to a treatment window.

 

Additional Verification

In addition to the above, additional verification activity targeting BMSB beyond the current standard verification activity, will be conducted throughout the BMSB season for specific goods from United States and Italy, as well as other emerging BMSB countries. DAWR will publish further details of proposed BMSB verification activities on its website shortly.

 

The goods subject to mandatory measures (target tariffs) can be found at: http://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/before/pests/brown-marmorated-stink-bugs/season-measures?wasRedirectedByModule=true#target-tariffs-for-the-201718-season

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