Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB): fumigation treatment mandatory for Australia

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The 2022-2023 season starting from September 1st

The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry is delivering three industry information sessions covering the upcoming BMSB seasonal measures. These measures will apply to certain goods shipped to Australia as sea cargo between 1 September 2022 and 30 April 2023 (inclusive). It is possible to attend each session after registering at this link.

MPI (the Ministry for Primary Industries) in New Zealand and DAWE (the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment) in Australia have aligned the measures for BMSB management as much as possible. The main areas of alignment are risk countries, treatments, and the approved treatment providers who can carry out BMSB treatment before targeted goods arrive in New Zealand or Australia. (link)

The following countries have been identified as emerging risk countries for the -BMSB risk season and may be selected for a random onshore inspection: United Kingdom and China.

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

The shipped on board date, as indicated on the Ocean Bill of lading, is the date used to determine when goods have been shipped. “Gate in” dates and times will not be accepted to determine when goods are shipped.

Australian authorities continuously review the measures throughout the season and may make necessary adjustments based on detections of BMSB and changes in the risk pathways.

We will keep you updated, you can also periodically consult the dedicated  website:


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