Dear Valuded Customer , 



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

This means if your vessel leaves on August 31st, stink bug measures will not apply, however, should your vessel be delayed, stink bug requirements may be enforced.



Certain goods manufactured in or shipped from target risk countries (below) as ocean freight. Vessels that berth at, load, or tranship from target risk countries during the season. The following countries have been identified as emerging risk

countries for the 2021-22 BMSB risk season and may be selected for a random onshore inspection: Belarus, Malta, Sweden, United Kingdom, and Chile


The following countries below have been categorised as target risk:

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Armenia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Croatia
  • Czechia
  • France
  • Japan (heightened vessel surveillance will be the only measure applied).
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kosovo
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxembourg
  • Montenegro
  • Moldova
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Republic of North Macedonia
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine



All target high-risk and target risk goods from target risk countries will be subject to increased onshore intervention through random

Target high risk goods will require mandatory treatment. Target risk goods will not require mandatory treatment, but will be subject

to increased onshore intervention through random inspection.

For all other goods not categorised as high risk and target risk goods, BMSB seasonal measures do not apply. However, these goods may

still be subject to these measures if they are part of a container or consignment that does contain any target or target high risk goods.



Goods that fall within the following tariff classifications have been categorised as target high risk goods and will require mandatory treatment for

BMSB risk.

  • 36 - Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations
  • 44 - Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal
  • 45 - Cork and articles of cork
  • 57 - Carpets and other textile floor coverings
  • 68 - Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials
  • 69 - Ceramic products – including sub chapters I and II
  • 70 – Glass and glass ware
  • 72 - Iron and steel - including sub chapters I, II, III, IV
  • 73 - Articles of iron or steel
  • 74 - Copper and articles thereof
  • 75 - Nickel and articles thereof
  • 76 - Aluminium and articles thereof
  • 78 - Lead and articles thereof
  • 79 - Zinc and articles thereof
  • 80 - Tin and articles thereof
  • 81 - Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof
  • 82 - Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal
  • 83 - Miscellaneous articles of base metals
  • 84 - Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof
  • 85 - Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers,                                                                   television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles
  • 86 - Railway or tramway locomotives, rolling-stock and parts thereof; railway or tramway track fixtures and fittings                                     and parts thereof;mechanical (including electro-mechanical) traffic signalling equipment of all kinds
  • 87 - Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling-stock, and parts and accessories thereof
  • 88 - Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof
  • 89 - Ships, boats and floating structures
  • 93 - Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof


Goods that fall within the following tariff classifications have been categorised as target risk goods and will not require mandatory


Target risk goods will however be subject to increased onshore intervention through random inspection.

  • 25 - Salt; sulphur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement
  • 26 - Ores, slag and ash
  • 27 - Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes
  • 28 - Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,                                                           of radioactive elements or of  isotopes - including sub chapters I, II, III, IV and V
  • 29 - Organic chemicals - including sub chapters I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XII and XIII
  • 31 - Fertilisers
  • 38 - Miscellaneous chemical products
  • 39 - Plastics and articles thereof - – including sub chapters I and II
  • 40 - Rubber and articles thereof
  • 46 - Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials, basket ware and wickerwork
  • 47 - Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; recovered (waste and scrap) paper or paperboard
  • 48 - Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard
  • 49 - Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans
  • 56 - Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns; twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof


Breakbulk, flat rack and open top containers still need to be treated offshore.

Six-sided sealed containers can be treated onshore or offshore. We recommend treating these containers offshore to remove the

risk of overpacked and tightly packaged items needing to be unpacked for treatment on arrival (causing more costs and delays).

Goods requiring offshore treatment and arriving untreated will be prevented from discharge and/or directed for re-export on arrival.


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 inspection.


1.Sulfuryl fluoride fumigation

2.Methyl bromide fumigation (most common)

3.Heat treatment

 All cargo treatments must be completed by an approved treatment provider and come with a BMSB Treatment Certificate.

Offshore treatment providers need to be registered and approved by the Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment. 


Keeping you updated 

BRi Customs Team 


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