The brown marmorated stick bug (BMSB) is ranked 9 on Australia’s National Priority Plant Pest list. The bug is known to feed on around 300 different plant species and are known to feed on and severely damage fruit and vegetable crops. Giving it the potential to severely impact Australian and New Zealand agriculture industries.
The following displays the latest update to the 2023-24 seasonal measure from The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry:
BMSB seasonal measures will apply to targeted goods manufactured in or shipped from target risk countries, that have been shipped between 1 September and 30 April (inclusive), and to vessels that berth, load, or tranship from target risk countries within the same period.
We continuously review the measures throughout the season and may make necessary adjustments based on detections of BMSB and changes in the risk pathways.
1 August 2023
LCL and FAK containers with target high risk goods will be managed at the container level for BMSB risk prior to deconsolidation. Once BMSB risk has been managed, the consignments within these containers will be processed at the Full Import Declaration (FID) level for all other biosecurity intervention (if applicable).
See the Management of LCL/FAK containers web page for more details.
The following countries below have been categorised as target risk:
The following countries have been identified as emerging risk countries for the -BMSB risk season and may be selected for a random onshore inspection: United Kingdom and China
Goods that fall within the following tariff classifications have been categorised as target high risk goods and will require mandatory treatment for BMSB risk
Goods that fall within the following tariff classifications have been categorised as target risk goods and are only subject to increased onshore intervention through random inspection. Mandatory treatment is not required.
For all other goods that are not categorised as target high risk and target risk goods, BMSB seasonal measures do not apply. However, if they are part of a container or consignment that contains target high risk or target risk goods, they will be subject to the measures.
All roll-on roll-off (ro-ro) vessels will be subject to heightened vessel surveillance.
All ro-ro vessels that berth at, load, or tranship in target risk countries between 1 September and 30 April (inclusive) will be required to:
The Vessel Seasonal Pest Scheme (VSPS) is an alternative vessel clearance pathway for ro-ro vessels.
For further information on BMSB seasonal measures for vessels, visit the Management of vessels web page.
There are three approved treatment options for BMSB treatment. The approved treatments are:
For all good types and sizes
THE APPROVED STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM OPERATORS AND THEIR THIRD PARTY PROGRAMS ARE:
Topping up with additional fumigant at the end of treatment is NOT permitted. If the concentration of fumigant falls below the minimum end point reading at any point during the treatment, the treatment has failed.
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 onshore treatment of goods is permitted, you can find a list of approved arrangement providers on the department’s website.
The Offshore Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Treatment Providers Scheme (the scheme) sets out the department’s registration and compliance requirements for BMSB treatment providers, including compliance with applicable treatment methodologies.
Further information can be found on the Offshore BMSB treatment providers scheme webpage.
All BMSB treatment providers in target risk countries must be registered under the scheme and listed as ‘approved’ on the List of Treatment Providers prior to treatment. Treatments conducted by an unapproved treatment provider in a target risk country will be deemed as invalid and the goods will be subject to onshore treatment (if permitted) or directed for export.
Treatment providers in other countries who intend to conduct BMSB treatments for goods that are manufactured in or shipped from any of the target risk countries are encouraged to register under an offshore treatment assurance scheme.
Treatment certificates issued by a treatment provider in non-target risk country will be accepted unless the:
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 fraudulent documentation.
Any consignment identified with a fraudulent certificate will be directed for onshore treatment (if permitted) or exported.
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The following templates are available on the Preparing to import BMSB goods page
If you see something that could have entered Australia with imported goods report it to See. Secure. Report. on 1800 798 636 or complete the online form.
For more information on our biosecurity services or on the upcoming BMSB season please contact your local Freightplus office.