The Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has released the latest information about the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Season. The new measures are broader and more severe than previous years.
Please click on the link and also read the info below the link. https://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/industry-advice/2020/98-2020
For the 2020–21 BMSB risk season, measures will apply to:
You must comply with these measures for vessels and goods during the BMSB risk season
In addition, the department continues to review the changing risk status of BMSB and will also be undertaking random onshore inspections on goods from other emerging risk countries to verify pest absence in goods.
For all other goods that are not categorised as target high risk and target risk goods (please click on the link to view target risk goods https://www.agriculture.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/20-21-bmsb-target-high-risk-goods-factsheet.pdf ), BMSB seasonal measures do not apply. However, these goods may be subject to the measures if they are part of a container or consignment that contains target high risk or target risk goods.
Certain goods (target high risk and target risk goods) manufactured in or shipped from the target risk countries as sea cargo will be subject to BMSB intervention.
Measures apply to these goods shipped from 1 September 2020 that arrive in Australian territory by 31 May 2021 (inclusive).
All other goods are not subject to BMSB intervention – however if they are packed in a container with target high risk or target risk goods that require BMSB intervention, they will be subject to the measures.
Target high risk goods requiring mandatory offshore treatment that arrive untreated or treated by an unapproved treatment provider in a target risk country, will be denied discharge and directed for export on arrival.
Automatic Entry Processing (AEP) processing arrangements for BMSB will be permitted for break bulk and containerised goods (not including LCL consignments and FAK containers).
What impacts does the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug have?
Brown marmorated stink bugs pose a high biosecurity risk to Australia because of their tendency to hitchhike, highly mobile nature and the lack of effective lures.
Brown marmorated stink bug is a voracious feeder that damages vegetable crops, fruit and ornamental trees. It is known to feed on more than 300 hosts, including important agricultural crops, such as: apples. beans.
If it established in Australia, this pest would be extremely difficult and expensive to manage, partly due to its broad host range. Preventing an incursion in the first place is a high priority for government and industry, and we need your help.
Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any further queries or questions.
The Team at DSH Global Logistics.