Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Risk Season 2017-18 Mandatory treatment for Containerised Goods from Italy

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

To manage the risk posed by these goods, all containerised goods shipped via sea cargo from Italy that arrive in Australia between 17 January 2018 and 30 April 2018 will be required to undergo an approved treatment onshore. Refer to the BMSB webpage for information about approved treatments for this pest.

Goods already treated offshore with one of the approved BMSB treatments, and where a valid treatment certificate is presented to the department, will not require further treatment.

Exceptions from treatment also apply to goods that fall within one of the excluded tariff groups:

  • Fresh produce (including nursery stock and live plants)
  • Live animals
  • Food for human consumption
  • Seeds for sowing
  • Pharmaceutical products​

All other containerised goods (FCL, FCX and LCL) arriving from Italy (including new and unused goods), including those already en route to Australia, will require treatment on arrival using methyl bromide, or another approved treatment for BMSB. These measures are in addition to existing import requirements. The department will inspect randomly selected containers post treatment to validate treatment effectiveness and to collect intelligence to determine future measures. Goods already treated offshore with one of the approved BMSB treatments, and where a valid treatment certificate is presented to the department, will not require further treatment. The department will be inspecting randomly selected containers post-treatment to validate treatment effectiveness and to collect intelligence to determine future measures.

When deconsolidating goods, care should be taken to inspect locations where BMSB may congregate, including crevices or protected areas of shipping containers, inside the goods, or within packaging material. If BMSB are detected, operators and staff must follow normal procedures to secure goods to limit any movement of insects and notify the department immediately.

For further information on the 2017-18 measures, please see the BMSB webpage or contact airandseacargo@agriculture.gov.au
If importers or shippers see something that could have entered Australia with imported goods report it to the See Secure Report Hotline on 1800 798 636 or complete the online form available at Report a biosecurity concern.

If you see something that could have entered Australia with imported goods please contact one of our brokers on 9256 0222.

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