Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Risk Season 2017-18 – LCL Containerised Goods from Italy & Offshore Treatments

To manage the risk of BMSB importation on containerised goods from Italy, on 17 January 2018, Quarantine introduced measures for all containerised goods shipped via sea cargo from Italy during the BMSB risk season to undergo an approved treatment.

To manage the risk of cross contamination of containers and other goods, effective from 15 March 2018 any containers arriving from Italian ports and containing  goods originating from Italy shipped as Less than Container Load (LCL) consignments will be held by Quarantine at the wharf.  Containers of LCL consignments will require treatment at the container level at either the wharf or at a class 1.1 or 1.3 Quarantine approved depot. This may mean that your LCL shipments may be delayed in being released to you if other goods inside the container are from Italy.

Further to the LCL measures, Quarantine have advised that sulfuryl fluoride treatment certificates issued by ANY Italian treatment provider that is presented to the department from 9 March 2018 will no longer be accepted. Any Italian goods shipped on or before 30th April 2018 will be required to undergo an approved BMSB treatment on arrival unless they have been treated offshore using an approved BMSB treatment. Treatment certificates for approved BMSB treatments, other than sulfuryl fluoride, from Italy will still be accepted.

The exceptions from onshore treatment continues to apply to goods already treated with one of the approved offshore BMSB treatments, or that fall within one of the excluded tariff groups:

  • Fresh produce (including nursery stock and live plants)
  • Live animals
  • Food for human consumption (including beverages)
  • Seeds for sowing
  • Registered pharmaceuticals

The end date for the stink bug measures is for goods shipped before the 30th April 2018.

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