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.
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.
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.
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|
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|
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.
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.