98-2020 – Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) seasonal measures

25 June 2020

Who does this notice affect?

Stakeholders in the import and shipping industries—including vessel masters, freight forwarders, treatment providers, Biosecurity Industry Participants, importers, customs brokers, principle agents and master consolidators—associated with importing goods that require increased intervention during the  2020-21 BMSB risk season.

What has changed?

The department has finalised the seasonal measures for the 2020-21 BMSB risk season. The measures remain consistent with the 2019-20 BMSB risk season with three countries added to the target risk countries list.  The list of target risk countries will now include Portugal, Ukraine and Moldova for the 2020-21 BMSB risk season.

For the 2020-21 BMSB risk season, measures will apply to:

  • certain goods manufactured in, or shipped from target risk countries, and/or
  • vessels that berth at, load or tranship from target risk countries

The BMSB risk season is for goods and vessels that arrive in the Australian territory between 1 September 2020 and 31 May 2021 (inclusive). Goods must be treated for BMSB if exported between 1 September 2020 and 30 April 2021 (inclusive).

The final seasonal measures are available on the BMSB webpage.

The department will continue to include:

  • Arrangements for safeguarding (supply chain assurance) for certain containerised and break bulk target risk goods as an alternative option to mandatory measures to manage BMSB risk. The department will open Safeguarding applications for the 2020-21 BMSB risk season in July.
  • Arrangements for an alternative vessel clearance process for roll-on roll-off (ro-ro) vessels, in lieu of a mandated seasonal pest inspection.

Further information

For further information regarding the 2020-21 BMSB seasonal measures, visit our BMSB webpage or contact the department Seasonal Pest Policy team SPP@awe.gov.au.

Last reviewed: 25 June 2020
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