Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB)

Australian Biosecurity will publish their regulations regarding the 2018-2019  BMSB Season by late July. These will cover the treatment of certain products shipping from the USA and some European countries which fall into the “Target High Risk” category: break bulk cargo including vehicles, machinery and equipment, plus bricks, tiles, ceramics, steel, stone and cement. This category will also include any goods which “are likely to have been stored in a manner that provides access for BMSB to overwinter”.

Offshore fumigation/treatment will be mandatory for Target High Risk Goods from the USA and Italy. Goods not being processed offshore will be refused Entry into Australia and will either be destroyed or exported. Treatment must be provided by an Approved Provider – Biosecurity will also be publishing a list of these providers at the end of July.

Other European countries which fall under the BMSB regulations include: Germany, France, Russia, Greece, Hungary, Romania, Georgia. The published regulations may elevate any of these countries to the same status as the USA and Italy.

There is also a secondary category, “Target Risk Groups” which includes chemicals, chemical products, salt, minerals, fertilisers, wood pulp, printed matter, straw, paper, cardboard, plastics, wadding and tyres. This category will require onshore treatment (if they have not been treated offshore by one of the Biosecurity-approved treatment providers).

Goods exempted from these regulations include foodstuff, registered pharmaceuticals, seeds for sowing, live animals, and fresh produce including nursery stock and plants.

Please contact your sales representative at Paccon Logistics for further information.