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Australia Updated Stink Bug Measures

Effective September 1, 2018, the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) released an update to the final Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) seasonal measures for the 2018 – 2019 season.

The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) is not found in Australia and needs to be kept out. It could severely impact Australian agricultural industries.

The BMSB’s can arrive in Australia on cargo and containers shipped between September and April. This coincides with autumn and winter in the Northern Hemisphere.  These measures are seasonal and will apply to goods shipped from the targeted countries listed below between September 1, 2018 and April 30, 2019.

  • USA
  • Italy
  • Germany
  • France
  • Greece
  • Russia
  • Hungary
  • Romania
  • Georgia
  • Japan –  At this time, the only measure being applied to Japan is a heightened vessel surveillance.

Seasonal measures include:

  • Mandatory off-shore treatment of certain break-bulk, open top or flat rack containers or as LCL/FAK consignments from targeted countries
  • Mandatory on-shore treatment of certain FCX or FCL containers from targeted countries
  • Target high risk goods covered in 25 HS code chapters
  • Target risk goods covered by 14 HS code chapters
  • Three approved treatment options: heat treatment, methyl bromide, and sulfuryl fluoride
  • Treatments accepted by DAWR – approved treatment providers
  • Defined treatment and documentation standards

Standard heat treatment and fumigation measures will apply.  More detailed information is available at the Australia Department of Agriculture and Water Resources website. 


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