The Australian Government’s Department of Agriculture and the New Zealand Governments Ministry of Primary Industries have issued revised measures regarding fumigation against the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug.

Please note the effective date of September 1, 2020, running through to May 31, 2021, ex the US and Canadian East and West coasts and the US Gulf coast ports of load.


Effective dates are based on the following criteria:

  • Begin date – Vessels departing at the USA or Canadian ports on or after September 1st 2019
  • End date – Vessels arriving at Australia or New Zealand ports on or before May 31st 2020

Further note per prior years, we have established a requirement that for high-risk containers, special equipment, ie. open tops, flat racks and breakbulk cargo, a fumigation certificate for “BMSB” will be mandatory for submission by customers prior to loading, in line with requirements of the “Department of Agriculture and Water Resources” (DAWR).
In case the fumigation certificate is not presented accordingly, related booked shipments will not be loaded.

Please note that fumigation is the responsibility of cargo interests. The requirement extends to cargo loaded in consolidated shipments as well as for full container loads.

Should you have questions regarding the applicability of the rule to specific cargo that you may be shipping, please contact the relevant Australian and New Zealand authorities for clarification/ruling. You can also view the below links which describe effective treatments as well affected cargo descriptions for each country:

http://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/before/brown-marmorated-stink-bugs#target-high-risk
https://www.mpi.govt.nz/protection-and-response/responding/alerts/brown-marmorated-stink-bug/

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