Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Risk Season 2018-19

The Department of Agriculture (Quarantine) will  introduce seasonal import measures to manage the risk of Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) during the high risk season.

New seasonal measures will apply for goods shipped on or between 1 September 2018 to 30 April 2019.

The proposed seasonal measures apply to certain goods shipped as sea cargo from target risk countries.

We will publish details of final seasonal measures soon. This will include applicable goods and countries, and specific treatment rates.
Draft measures include:

  • heightened surveillance on all roll-on/roll-off (ro-ro) and general cargo vessels with pre-arrival reporting through a questionnaire and daily checks for BMSB
  • heightened surveillance to identify high risk vessels to be directed for inspection or treatment
  • mandatory offshore treatment for target high risk goods
  • increased onshore intervention for target risk goods
  • export or destruction of target high risk goods requiring mandatory offshore treatment and arriving untreated, unless exceptional circumstances are granted.

Target Risk Countries Now Updated to Include:

  • USA
  • Italy
  • Germany
  • France
  • Russia
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Romania
  • Georgia
  • Japan (heightened vessel surveillance only).

Goods Marked as High Risk Goods

  • break bulk, including vehicles, machinery, equipment and parts
  • bricks, tiles, ceramics, steel, stone and cement
  • goods likely to be stored in a manner that provides access for BMSB to overwinter.

Target Risk Goods

  • chemicals, chemical products, salt, minerals, fertilisers
  • plastics, wadding, tyres
  • wood pulp, printed matter, straw, paper, cardboard.

Treatment Options at Origin and on Arrival in Australia

  • heat treatment
  • methyl bromide fumigation
  • sulfuryl fluoride fumigation.

The Department of Agriculture held information sessions in Sydney and Melbourne last week. This included outlining our draft seasonal measures.

Please see below downloads of the presentations for more information.

Offshore Treatments and Providers

The Department of Agriculture are finalizing the new offshore treatment assurance measures for the 2018-2019 BMSB season. These will ensure that BMSB treatments conducted offshore are effective and consistent. New requirements include:

  • minimum standards for offshore BMSB treatments and treatment providers
  • a list of approved offshore treatment providers
  • processes to prevent the use of fraudulent certificates.

These requirements will apply to Italy and the United States. We are also considering increased requirements for offshore treatment providers in other countries. We will notify clients of any changes soon. The Department will publish minimum standards methodologies for these treatments in late July 2018. They are also developing registration and compliance requirements for BMSB treatment providers. We will publish details of these requirements in late July 2018.


If you have any concerns or questions regarding next season, please do not hesitate to contact one of our Customs Brokers.

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