Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Season 2019-20


To our Valued Customers,


Importers of products from the USA and/or Europe would be well aware of measures enforced by the Department of Agriculture & Water Resources (DAWR) during our summer months to combat the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB).


The next BMSB season is now approaching and for those unaware, the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) is not found in Australia and therefore needs to be kept out. It could severely impact our agricultural industries. The bug can arrive in Australia on cargo and containers shipped between September and April which coincides with late autumn and winter in the Northern Hemisphere.


BRi would like to inform our clients that new seasonal measures will apply for goods originating in BMSB countries. The season comprises shipments departing after 1st September 2019 and arriving before 31st May 2020. These measures will include mandatory treatment and increased intervention before arrival into Australian territory.


Target risk countries will be:

Albania                Bulgaria                Greece                 Netherlands                       Spain

Andorra               Canada                 Hungary               North Macedonia                Switzerland

Armenia              Croatia                  Italy                     Romania                           Turkey

Austria                Czechia                 Kosovo                 Russia                              United States of America

Azerbaijan           France                  Liechtenstein         Serbia

Belgium              Georgia                 Luxembourg          Slovakia                               

Bosnia                Germany               Montenegro           Slovenia


During the 2018-2019 seasons extensive delays were caused by cargo misdeclarations. “Target high risk goods” must be treated prior to departure from overseas. Failure to do so will result in a direction to re-export or destroy such shipments. Treatment options will be heat treatment, methyl bromide fumigation or sulfuryl fluoride fumigation.


BRi will continue to keep clients updated of any developments.


Keeping you updated,

BRi Customs Team

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