Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Seasonal Import Measures 2020-2021

For the 2020-21 BMSB risk season, measures will apply to certain goods manufactured in, or shipped from target risk countries, and/or vessels that berth at, load or transship from target risk countries from 1st September 2020 and that arrive in Australian territory by 31 May 2021 (inclusive).

For the 20-21 season, The Department has increased the target risk countries to include Portugal, Ukraine and Moldova. The list of target risk countries are:

Albania Georgia Republic of North Macedonia
Andorra Germany Portugal
Armenia Greece Romania
Austria Hungary Russia
Azerbaijan Italy Serbia
Belgium Kazakhstan Slovakia
Bosnia and Herzegovina Kosovo Slovenia
Bulgaria Liechtenstein Spain
Canada Luxembourg Switzerland
Croatia Montenegro Turkey
Czechia Moldova Ukraine
France Netherlands United States of America
Japan (heightened vessel surveillance will be the only measure applied).

The following countries have been identified as emerging risk countries for the 2020–21 BMSB risk season and may be selected for a random onshore inspection: Belarus, Denmark, Ireland, Poland, Sweden, United Kingdom and Chile.

Quarantine are also monitoring other countries through a lower rate of random inspections. These include all remaining European countries, Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan, Argentina, South Africa and Uruguay.

Will my goods need to be treated if they are from these Countries

Below is a list of high risk goods that must be treated if they are from the above list of countries. If your cargo is shipped as Breakbulk, Open Top Container or Flat Rack Container, it MUST be treated offshore. If cargo isn’t treated prior to importation, then it will need to be re-exported or destroyed.Will my goods need to be treated if they are from these countries?With Japan having heightened vessel surveillance will be the only measure applied.

If your cargo is shipped as FCL, FCX, LCL, FAK, then it MUST be treated offshore OR onshore upon arrival.

High Risk Goods –

Will require mandatory treatment either offshore in the country of origin or onshore on arrival. These high risk goods fall within the following tariff classifications:

36 – Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations

44 – Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal

45 – Cork and articles of cork

57 – Carpets and other textile floor coverings

68 – Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials

69 – Ceramic products – including sub chapters I and II

70 – Glass and glass ware

72 – Iron and steel

73 – Articles of iron or steel

74 – Copper and articles thereof

75 – Nickel and articles thereof

76 – Aluminium and articles thereof

78 – Lead and articles thereof

79 – Zinc and articles thereof

80 – Tin and articles thereof

81 – Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof

82 – Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal

83 – Miscellaneous articles of base metals

84 – Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof

85 – Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles

86 – Railway or tramway locomotives, rolling-stock and parts thereof; railway or tramway track fixtures and fittings and parts thereof; mechanical (including electro-mechanical) traffic signalling equipment of all kinds

87 – Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling-stock, and parts and accessories thereof

88 – Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof

89 – Ships, boats and floating structures

93 – Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof

Target Risk Goods – These goods do not require mandatory treatment, but will be subject to increased onshore intervention through random inspections. These target risk goods fall within the following tariff classifications:

25 – Salt; sulphur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement

26 – Ores, slag and ash

27 – Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes

28 – Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals, of radioactive elements or of isotopes

29 – Organic chemicals

31 – Fertilisers

38 – Miscellaneous chemical products

39 – Plastics and articles thereof

40 – Rubber and articles thereof

46 – Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basket ware and wickerwork

47 – Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; recovered (waste and scrap) paper or paperboard

48 – Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard

49 – Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans

56 – Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns; twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof

What kind of treatment is required offshore?

Your options are below:

  • Heat Treatment– At 56°C or higher for at least 30 minutes. Note: the minimum temperature of the coldest part of the treated goods should reach at least 56 °C for at least 30 minutes. OR 60°C for minimum of 10 mins for individual goods weighing less than 3000kg shipped as break bulk only.
  • Methyl Bromide– A dose of 24 g/m3 or above, at 10°C or above, for 12 hours (but less than 24hours) with a minimum end point reading of 12 g/m3.


  • A dose of 24 g/m³ or above, at 10°C or above, for 24 hours or longer, with a minimum end point reading of 8 g/m³
  • Sulfuryl Fluoride

Treatment providers not using an approved third party program*:

  • A dose of 24 g/m3 or above, at 10°C or above, for 12 hours (but less than 24hours) with a minimum end point reading of 12 g/m3.


  • A dose of 24 g/m³ or above, at 10°C or above, for 24 hours or longer, with a minimum end point reading of 8 g/m³

For goods treated and shipped before 1st December 2020, a post treatment window applies to goods after they have been treated and before they are shipped. Goods must either be loaded into a container and sealed, or loaded onto a vessel for export from the target risk country within the defined timeframe of 120 hours (5 days). It is important that all goods are managed to prevent re-contamination or cross contamination. This applies to break bulk cargo and cargo packed in flat racks and open top containers. This time commences after treatment has been completed or when ventilation commences. For Example:

  1. Fumigation treatment, goods may be treated and treatment seals left intact. The post treatment window will commence when ventilation commences.
  2. Heat treatment, the post treatment window commences immediately after treatment has been completed.

For 6 sided containers, containers need to be closed as soon as possible after treatment to prevent contamination. Sealing the container must occur within 120 hours after treatment has been completed. There is no additional timeframe for the goods to meet prior to export to Australia once sealed. A sealing declaration may be used and accepted as supporting evidence.

So who does my overseas supplier approach to get my cargo treated?

The Department of Agriculture provides and ever evolving list of approved treatment providers in each country. Please refer to the below link for the most current information.

All treatment providers must re-register for this season to be approved for treatment, so please ensure you keep an eye on this link to ensure the treatment providers used are registered and accepted by Australian Quarantine.

Additional Factors to Consider

Quarantine have advised that they will not consider any exemptions to their policy. If your goods contain any items that fall under high risk classifications, it will require mandatory treatment even if its only a sample. Please ensure that your suppliers DO NOT put any samples into your shipments unless you know of them and they do not fall under high risk.

With LCL cargo that gets unpacked and repacked at hubs such as Singapore, please note that you may experience additional delays in Fremantle. Quarantine are wanting the master consolidator of the container to report all cargo that is in the container, its origin, HS Codes, and whether it has been treated offshore to BMSB measures. If they find cargo has not been treated, they will order the whole container for re-treatment.

Where containers arrive in Australia requiring BMSB treatment and a treatment provider advises  goods cannot be treated at container level due to space / packing material issues, the container MAY be able to be treated at a Class 4.7 facility.

You also need to consider how your container is packed. If your container has to be fumigated, please ensure you consider the below factors in order for the gas to penetrate through your shipment / goods:

  • Target of the fumigation
  • Consignment suitability
  • Venting of the gas after fumigation
  • Timber thickness and spacing
  • Impervious wrappings, coatings and surfaces
  • Impervious wrapping perforation requirements

For more information on this, please visit:

Methyl Bromide:

Heat Treatment:

Sulfuryl Fluoride:

I think I’ve found a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug. What do I do?

Collect any live or dead specimens and keep them in a secure container for the department to analyse. SEE. SECURE. REPORT. Hotline 1800 798 636 or by using the online form

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