Latest News – DAWR, Seasonal Measures for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) 2018-2019

July 7, 2018

Latest News
DAWR – Seasonal Measures for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB)
1 September 2018 – 30 April 2019

DAWR (the Australian Department of Agriculture & Water Resources, formerly known as AQIS) has today provided an update on the DRAFT measures to be implemented for the forthcoming BMSB season, commencing on 1 September 2018 to 30 April 2019.

The BMSB threat has increased and the DAWR list of targeted countries, targeted high risk commodities and targeted risk goods have expanded.

Targeted Countries are USA, Italy, Germany, France, Russia, Greece, Hungary, Romania, Georgia and Japan* (*for imports from Japan, heightened vessel surveillance only).
DAWR requires shipments of targeted high risk goods to be fumigated OFFSHORE. Target high risk goods requiring mandatory offshore treatment and arriving untreated, will be directed for export or destruction, unless exceptional circumstances are granted.

The targeted high risk commodities and mandatory offshore fumigation
– Break bulk, including vehicles, machinery and equipment
– Bricks, tiles, ceramics, steel, stone, cement
– Goods likely to be stored in a manner that provides access for BMSB to hibernate over winter

Targeted risk goods that will be directed for increased onshore fumigation
– Chemicals, chemical products, salt, minerals, fertilisers
– Wood pulp, printed matter, straw, paper, cardboard
– Plastics, wadding, tyres

Exempted goods
– Fresh Produce (including nursery stock and plants)
– Live animals
– Food for human consumption (including beverages)
– Seeds for sowing
– Registered Pharmaceuticals

Treatments
– Sulfuryl fluoride fumigation
– Methyl bromide fumigation
– Heat treatment

Further Information
Further information on the above, including Offshore treatments and providers, DAWR action on fraudulent fumigation certificates, are included on the DAWR BMSB page. PowerPoint presentation from the information session is also on the BMSB page.

NOTE – The proposed seasonal measures apply to certain goods shipped as sea cargo from target risk countries. DAWR will publish details of final seasonal measures soon.

Register via airandseacargo@agriculture.gov.au to receive regular updates.

Freightplus will keep our customers informed of DAWR updates.

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