Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Seasonal Measures 2021-22

The Department of Agriculture, Water, and the Environment has published the seasonal measures for the 2021-22 BMSB risk season which commences on the 1st September 2021.

The list of target risk countries will now include Poland in addition to target risk countries identified for the 2020-21 BMSB risk season.

Emerging risk countries for the 2021-22 BMSB risk season include: Belarus, Malta, Sweden, United Kingdom, and Chile.

For the 2021-22 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 tranship from target risk countries

What are the measures relating to goods?

For the 2021-22 BMSB risk season, BMSB seasonal measures will apply to targeted goods manufactured and shipped from target risk countries, that have been shipped between 1 September 2021 and 30 April 2022 (inclusive), and to vessels that berth, load, or tranship from target risk countries within the same period.

All other goods are not subject to BMSB intervention unless they are packed in a container with target high risk or target risk goods that require BMSB intervention, then all other goods are subject to the measures.

Target high risk goods subject to mandatory offshore treatment that arrive untreated or treated by an unapproved treatment provider in a target risk country, will be directed for export on arrival.

Treatment of target high risk goods

  • Target high risk goods treated in target risk countries must be treated by a registered offshore treatment provider approved under the Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers Scheme.
  • Treatments conducted by an unapproved treatment provider in a target risk country will not be recognised as valid and the goods will be subject to onshore treatment (if permitted) or be directed for export.

Break bulk goods

  • Mandatory offshore treatment of target high risk goods shipped as break bulk cargo will be required. Onshore treatment is not permitted.

Containerised goods (FCL, FCX)

  • Containerised cargo arriving in sealed six hard sided containers with target high risk goods can be treated offshore, or onshore at the container level.

Containerised goods shipped as Less than Container Load (LCL) consignments and Freight of all Kinds (FAK) containers

LCL and FAK containers with target high risk goods will be managed at the container level for BMSB risk prior to deconsolidation. Once these have been managed, the consignments within these containers will be processed at the Full Import Declaration (FID) level for all other biosecurity intervention (if applicable).

More information on this HERE.

Air Cargo

Due to detections of live BMSB in previous season, air cargo arriving between 1 September and 30 November 2021 (inclusive) from USA and Italy, containing target high risk chapters 84, 85, 86 and 87 will be subject to random verification inspections.

Random onshore verification inspections

  • All target high risk and target risk goods will be subject to random verification inspections and will be directed for onshore treatment if BMSB is detected.
Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

To see the complete in-depth measures, list of target risk countries, and what goods are subject to the measures, more information is available on the BMSB webpage.

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