Australia and New Zealand are primarily agricultural countries, and non-native plant and animal life can potentially damage their eco-systems and agriculture and the livelihood of many. The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) is one of the non-native pests on the watch-list.
In response to the rapid expansion of BMSB, the Australian Government’s Department of Agriculture has strengthened the seasonal measures to manage the risk of BMSB from arriving in Australia for the 2019–20 BMSB risk season. The department has also worked closely with the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries on the 2019-20 measures to ensure both Australia and New Zealand’s BMSB seasonal measures are consistent across the two counties where possible.
For the 2019-20 BMSB risk season, measures will apply to cargo that arrives Australian territory between the dates highlighted in yellow below and pertaining to the following guidelines:
- It applies to certain goods manufactured/shipped/transshipped from specific countries (listed below) from 1st of September 2019 (based on departure date) to 31st of May 2020 (based on arrival date).
- Fumigation can be arranged both at origin or destination and always by an MPI approved treatment provider.
- Complete list of guidelines can be found here.
- See the attached fact sheet for Australia.
- It applies to below list of goods from 1st of September 2019 (based on departure date) to 30th April 2020 (based on arrival date).
- All ‘vehicles, machinery and parts’ cargo from any target risk country (defined below).
- Fumigation cannot be done at the destination, it must be done at origin and by an MPI approved treatment provider.
- See attached advisory for New Zealand.
TARGET RISK COUNTRY LIST:
Bosnia and Herzegovina
United States of America
Please be advised that this is the responsibility of the shipper, and kindly ensure you comply with these regulations to avoid any delays or disruption to your supply chain.
You may find these very comprehensive official government publications particularly useful in detailing the types of cargo most at risk, and the fumigation and treatment measures which are required:
- Publication of the Australian Government Department of Agriculture.
- Publication of the New Zealand Government Ministry of Primary Industries on Biosecurity