Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) 2021-22 seasonal measures

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Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) 2021-22 seasonal measures

The Dept. of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) has released their proposed measures for the 2021-2022 Brown marmorated stink bug season.

The key measures for importers for the 2021-22 season are:

  • The season will apply to goods shipped between 1 September 2021 and 30 April 2022.
  • The expansion of the measures to include Poland.
  • The inclusion of Belarus, Malta, Sweden, United Kingdom and Chile as emerging risk countries.
  • The inclusion of airfreight consignments of Chapters 84, 85, 86, 87 from US & Italy for random inspections
  • Target High Risk and Target Risk Goods remain unchanged.
  • The mandatory treatment of LCL and FAK containers of Target High Risk goods offshore remains.

Any Target High Risk or Target Risk goods which are manufactured in, or shipped from the target risk countries will be subject to BMSB seasonal measures.

The countries below have been categorised as target risk.

Bosnia and HerzegovinaBulgariaCanadaCroatiaCzechiaFrance
Georgia  Germany  Greece  Hungary  Italy  Japan (Heightened vessel surveillance only)
North MacedoniaPolandPortugalRomaniaRussiaSerbia
United States of America     

The list of Target High Risk goods has not changed from 2020-21. 

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

Target High Risk goods imported as Breakbulk (including Open Top Containers), LCL or FAK are subject to mandatory offshore treatment by an approved treatment provider.

Target High Risk goods imported as FCL are subject to mandatory treatment either offshore or onshore by an approved treatment provider. (Offshore treatment is encouraged).

The list of Target Risk goods has not changed from 2020-21.  

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

For all other goods that are not categorised as Target High Risk and Target Risk goods, BMSB seasonal measures do not apply.

Our experience over the past few BMSB seasons is that it’s the little things that get overlooked and end up incurring a lot of unnecessary wasted time and cost for importers and potential fumigation damage to other items included in the shipment. Things added into your shipments such as hand tools, razor blades, nail files and buffers, nuts & bolts, lamp bulbs, glassware and crockery, metal fittings just to name a few.

If you have any concerns, we strongly recommend that you send our customs department a copy of your purchase order BEFORE you send it to your supplier so that they can advise you of any potential issues. It could mean a small part of the order coming by air to save you time and money on the whole order being treated.

Please do not hesitate to contact your Lynair team should you need any other clarification of the measures proposed for the 2021-2022 BMSB season.

We will continue to keep you updated as DAWR release more details regarding next seasons measures.