Proposed 2019-20 Seasonal measures for Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB)

In response to the rapid expansion of BMSB throughout Europe and North America, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (the department) has strengthened the seasonal measures to manage risk of BMSB from arriving in Australia for the 2019–20 BMSB risk season. The department has used a range of scientific, intelligence and evidence based information when setting the measures including data collected from the 2018-19 BMSB season onshore verification activities.

The department has also worked closely with New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries on the proposed 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, certain goods manufactured in, or shipped from target risk countries as sea cargo will be subject to BMSB intervention. The measures apply to goods shipped between 1 September 2019 and 30 April 2020 (inclusive).

As with previous BMSB risk seasons, you must comply with these measures for goods categorised as either target high risk or target risk goods.

Details of the proposed seasonal measures for the 2019-20 BMSB season are outlined below.

Throughout the season we will continue to review these measures based on detections of BMSB and the risk pathways and make any necessary amendments.

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What are the proposed 2019-20 BMSB seasonal measures?

Goods

  • Certain goods (target high risk and target risk goods) manufactured in, or shipped from the target risk countries as sea cargo will be subject to BMSB intervention.
  • The measures apply to goods shipped between 1 September 2019 and 30 April 2020 (inclusive).
  • Target high risk goods will require mandatory treatment.
  • Target risk goods will not require mandatory treatment.
  • All target high risk and target risk goods will be subject to increased onshore intervention through random inspection and will be directed for onshore treatment if BMSB is detected.
  • All other goods are not subject to BMSB intervention – however if they are packed in a container with target high risk or target risk goods that requires BMSB intervention, they will be subject to the measures.
  • Mandatory offshore treatment of target high risk goods shipped as break bulk cargo including goods shipped in open top containers or on flat rack containers will continue to be required. Untreated breakbulk will be denied discharge and be directed for export on arrival.
  • Mandatory offshore treatment of target high risk goods shipped as LCL (less than container load) and FAK (freight of all kinds) is being proposed under the 2019–20 season.
  • Target high risk goods requiring mandatory offshore treatment that arrive untreated, or treated by an unapproved treatment provider in a target risk country, will be directed for export on arrival.
  • Full Container Loads (FCL) with target high risk goods shipped in sealed six hard sided containers can continue to be treated offshore or on onshore at the container level. Deconsolidation or removal of goods will not be permitted before treatment. No exemptions for deconsolidation on arrival will be considered.
  • Consideration must be given to ensure FCL are packed in a manner that will enable effective onshore treatment at the container level where required, to avoid possible export of the container.
  • We class refrigerated containers (operating and non-operating) and high cube hard top sealed containers (ISO45U6/ISO45UP) the same as six hard sided sealed containers.
  • Target high risk goods requiring mandatory offshore treatment that arrive untreated, or treated by an unapproved treatment provider in a target risk country, will be directed for export on arrival unless exceptional circumstances are granted.
  • The department will continue to undertake random inspections of high risk goods after offshore or onshore treatment to validate the effectiveness of treatments.
  • The department will continue to review the changing pest status of BMSB and will be undertaking a lower rate of random onshore inspections on goods from other watch countries to verify pest absence in goods.
  • All goods must still meet the standard import conditions in BICON.

Vessels

  • Heightened vessel surveillance on all roll-on/roll-off (ro-ro) and general cargo vessels will be applied through additional pre-arrival reporting with a BMSB questionnaire
  • All ro-ro vessels that berth or load cargo from the target risk countries, will be required to undergo a mandatory seasonal pest inspection on arrival in Australia

What are the proposed 2019-20 BMSB season target risk countries?

The following countries below have been categorised as target risk.

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.

Any vessel that tranships or loads from the target risk countries are also subject to heightened vessel surveillance.

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Armenia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Croatia
  • Czechia
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Japan (Heightened vessel surveillance only)
  • Kosovo
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxembourg
  • Montenegro
  • Netherlands
  • North Macedonia
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • United States of America

In addition, the department continues to review the changing pest status of BMSB and will also be undertaking a lower rate of random onshore inspections on goods from other emerging risk countries to verify pest absence in goods.

There is no expansion of the BMSB measures to require mandatory treatment of target high risks goods manufactured in, or shipped from the watch list countries. Containerised target high risk goods selected for onshore inspection will be sent for a full unpack on arrival. Break bulk target high risk goods selected for inspection will be directed for an on wharf inspection.

What are the proposed 2019-20 BMSB season target high risk goods?

Goods that fall within the following Department of Home Affairs tariff classifications have been categorised as target high risk goods and will require mandatory treatment for BMSB risk.

Some goods including goods shipped as Breakbulk, LCL and FAK will require mandatory offshore treatment.  Target high risk goods requiring mandatory offshore treatment that arrive untreated, or treated by an unapproved treatment provider in a target risk country, will be directed for export on arrival.

If BMSB is detected in goods treated offshore on arrival, the goods will be directed for onshore treatment. (If permitted)

  • 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

What are the proposed 2019-20 BMSB target risk goods?

Goods that fall within the following Department of Home Affairs tariff classifications have been categorised as target risk goods and will not require mandatory treatment. Target risk goods will however will be subject to increased onshore intervention through random inspection.

If BMSB is detected in goods treated offshore on arrival, the goods will be directed for onshore treatment. (If permitted)

  • 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 X111
  • 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

What about all other goods not listed?

For all other goods that are not categorised as target high risk and target risk goods, BMSB seasonal measures do not apply, however, these goods may be subject to the measures if they are part of a container or consignment that contains target high risk or target risk goods.

What the treatment options for target high risk goods?

The treatment options for target high risk goods requiring mandatory treatment will not change for the 2019–20 season.

The approved treatments remain:

  • Heat treatment
  • Methyl bromide fumigation and
  • Sulfuryl fluoride fumigation.

Some treatment rates however have changed to ensure consistency with New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries requirements. The finalised rates will be published in May 2019.

Treatment minimum standards

There are set minimum standards for the application of BMSB treatments. Treatments applied for biosecurity purposes are part of managing the risk of introducing exotic pests and diseases.

It is important that treatment providers understand these requirements as treatments to manage risk are only effective when conducted correctly. These standards outline best practice methodologies for applying biosecurity treatments.

Where can I find a list of onshore BMSB treatment providers?

Where onshore treatment of goods is permitted, you can find a list of approved arrangement providers on the department’s website.

Where can I find out about the Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers Scheme?

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Offshore Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Treatment Providers Scheme (the scheme) which sets out the department’s registration and compliance requirements for BMSB treatment providers, including compliance with applicable treatment methodologies will continue for the 2019–20 season.

Treatment providers that were registered under the scheme during the 2018-19 season must complete a renewal application for the 2019-20 season. The renewal application and application for new treatment providers will be published on the department’s website in May 2019.

For more information on the registration and the scheme please visit the Offshore BMSB treatment providers scheme page

Treatment providers in target risk countries

All BMSB treatment providers in target risk countries must first register and be approved under the scheme by the department. Treatments conducted by an unapproved treatment provider in a target risk country will not be recognised as valid and the goods will be subject to onshore treatment (if permitted), or be directed for export.

Treatment providers in non-target risk countries

Treatment providers in other countries who intend to conduct BMSB treatments for goods that are manufactured in any of the target risk counties are also encouraged to register under the scheme.

Treatment certificates from providers in non-target risk countries who do not register will be accepted, however these goods will be subject to increased intervention compared to those treated by approved treatment providers.

Treatment providers in non-target risk countries who perform multiple BMSB treatments during the season must join the Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers Scheme.

If unregistered treatment providers continue to treat and present treatment certificates throughout the season and have not made any effort to register, future treated goods may be exported or destroyed.

Fraudulent certificates

For treatments conducted in target risk countries, we will only accept BMSB treatment certificates from approved list of treatment providers.

The department continues to improve its systems to monitor and detect the use of fraudulent certificates and will identify consignments that arrive in Australia with a fraudulent documentation.

Any consignment identified with a fraudulent certificate or with a certificate from a treatment provider in a target risk country that is not approved will either be:

  • Directed not to discharge and export the goods, or
  • destroyed, in an approved manner.

What are the proposed safeguarding arrangements for 2019-20?

The department is working to develop policies to allow for certain goods and supply chains to be recognised under safeguarding arrangements for the 2019–20 BMSB risk season. A trial by invitation will be conducted of the safeguarding arrangements.

Further information on safeguarding arrangements will published shortly.

Will there be any exemption measures this season?

Target high risk goods requiring mandatory offshore treatment that arrive untreated, or treated by an unapproved treatment provider in a target risk country, will be directed for export on arrival.  Requests for deconsolidation or segregation of goods on arrival will not be considered.

Exceptional circumstances

It is proposed similar to last season that for very specific situations that exemptions maybe provided where goods are being imported for the use of delivering emergency services and where mandatory treatment will significantly impact the delivery of the service.

In this situation your goods will be subject to inspection on arrival and importers will be required to submit a request prior to the goods arriving into Australian territory and have prior approval as specific conditions will be need to be met and applied. If prior approval is not sought, the goods will be directed for export on arrival.

New, unused and not field tested (NUFT) goods

Under the 2018-19 seasonal measures, the department permitted certain goods manufactured on or after 1 December 2018 and that can meet the full NUFT criteria to be exempt from BMSB measures.

The department is currently working to confirm its position on NUFT goods as this measure may be incorporated into the proposed safeguarding arrangements.  The finalised position will be published in May 2019.

What are the proposed seasonal measures for vessels?

It is proposed that heightened surveillance on all roll-on/roll-off (ro-ro) and general cargo vessels will continue to be conducted through additional pre-arrival reporting with a BMSB questionnaire and daily checks conducted by vessel masters. In addition, all ro-ro vessels that have berthed at, or carried cargo loaded in target risk countries (including Japan) will be required to undergo a mandatory Seasonal Pest (SP) inspection on arrival in Australia.

The department is working to develop policies to allow a trial by invitation, for vessel operators to have eligible vessels exempted from mandatory SP inspection for the 2019–20 BMSB season. Further information on proposed vessel inspection arrangements will be made available shortly.

Is the department undertaking any industry consultation on the proposed measures?

The department held a series of industry information sessions in April 2019, in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth as well as a webinar on the proposed 2019-20 BMSB seasonal measures. The information sessions provided an overview of the proposed measures and provided industry with an opportunity to provide feedback and ask questions about the measures. The sessions were well received by industry with strong attendance at all events.

The department has published a copy of the industry information session presentation, proposed measures factsheet and webinar at the end of this page.

How can I contact the department if I have a BMSB question?

Email

If you have not been able to find the information you are looking for on our BMSB webpages you can directly contact the area you are after.

Please note the Air and Sea operations email address used in previous years is no longer used for BMSB enquires.

  • For any questions relating to the policy for seasonal pests please contact: SPP
  • For any questions on the Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers Scheme or treatment certificates please contact BMSB treatments
  • For any questions regarding COLS issues please contact: Import Assessment
  • For enquires relating to goods already lodged, please contact the department through COLS
  • For any questions relating to Approved Arrangements please contact: AA Canberra
  • For general enquiries on import conditions for goods please contact Imports

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BMSB industry information session materials and Webinar

Proposed measures for the Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) 2019-20 risk season

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BMSB Industry Information Webinar Transcript Friday 5 April DOCX 34 66 KB
BMSB Industry information session Presentation PDF 50 3.1 MB
BMSB Proposed seasonal measures Factsheet PDF 2 622 KB
BMSB Proposed seasonal measures Factsheet DOCX 2 29 KB

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