Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

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Brown Marmorated Stink Bug


The Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is not found in Australia and needs to be kept out. It could severely impact our agricultural industries. Juveniles and adults feed on, and can severely damage, fruit and vegetable crops rendering them unsellable or reducing production yields. Adult BMSB can also be a nuisance, entering vehicles, homes and factories for shelter over winter.
They can arrive in Australia on cargo and containers shipped between September and April. This coincides with autumn and winter in the Northern Hemisphere.

2018-19 season measures

You must comply with seasonal measures for certain goods arriving from certain countries that are shipped between 1 September 2018 and 30 April 2019 inclusive.
Details of the seasonal measures for the 2018-19 BSMB season are outlined below. Throughout the season we will continue to review the measures based on detections of BMSB and the risk pathways.

  • Certain goods (target high risk and target risk goods) manufactured in or shipped from the target risk countries as sea cargo.
  • Mandatory offshore treatment of target high-risk goods shipped as break bulk, in open-top containers or on flat rack containers.
  • Mandatory offshore or onshore treatment of target high-risk goods shipped as containerised cargo in sealed six-sided containers, such as FCL (full container load), FCX (full container consolidated), LCL (less than container load) and FAK (freight of all kinds).
  • Containerised cargo with target high-risk goods may be treated on arrival in Australia at the container level. Deconsolidation or removal of goods will not be permitted prior to treatment.
  • Export or destruction of the target high-risk goods requiring mandatory offshore treatment and arriving untreated, or treated by an unapproved treatment provider, unless exceptional circumstances are granted.
  • Target risk goods will be subject to increased onshore intervention through random inspection and will be directed for onshore treatment if BMSB is detected.
  • Random inspection of goods after treatment to validate the effectiveness of treatments.
  • Random inspection of goods from all other emerging BMSB risk countries.
  • All goods must still meet standard import conditions in BICON.
Target risk countries

Any target high risk or target risk goods manufactured in, or shipped from these countries are subject to the BMSB seasonal measures.
Any vessel that tranships or loads goods from these countries is also subject to heightened vessel surveillance.

  • United States of America
  • Italy
  • Germany
  • France
  • Russia
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Romania
  • Georgia
  • Japan (heightened vessel surveillance will be the only measure applied).
Target high-risk goods

Goods in this category require mandatory treatment for BMSB risk.
All tariffs under the following chapters are categorised as target high-risk goods.

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


Target risk goods

Goods in this category will be subject to increased onshore intervention through random inspection. If BMSB is detected the goods will be directed for onshore treatment.
All tariffs under the following chapters are categorised as target risk goods.

25 – Salt; sulphur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 31 – Fertilisers 47 – Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; recovered (waste and scrap) paper or paperboard
26 – Ores, slag and ash 38 – Miscellaneous chemical products 48 – Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard
27 – Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 39 – Plastics and articles thereof – – including sub chapters I and II 49 – Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans
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 40 – Rubber and articles thereof 56 – Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns; twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof
29 – Organic chemicals – including sub chapters I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XII and X111 46 – Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basket ware and wickerwork
All other goods

BMSB seasonal measures do not apply to goods not identified as ‘target high risk’ and ‘target risk’. However, these goods may be subject to the measures if they are part of a consignment that contains target high risk and target risk goods.

USA LCL Treatment

In conjunction with our US partners and shipping co-loaders for LCL, it will be determined on an individual shipment level if the goods to move will require treatment prior to departure and entering Australia. As a rule, if your goods come under the above HS code headings then treatment prior departure will be mandatory. There will be additional costs to the treatment which will be USD35.00 per cbm or USD265.00 minimum per House Bill shipment.

To clarify this treatment will be conducted “Offshore” in the USA by an AQIS approved treatment facility.

LCL cargo from other countries on the mandatory treatment list will be updated accordingly as information comes to hand.