August 03, 2018

Attention **Draft Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Import Requirements 2018-2019 Season**Important Information.

Be aware if you are importing high targeted goods via seafreight from or through/via a targeted country and do not have a treatment certificate from an approved BMSB treatment provider your goods will not be allowed into the country and will be re-exported at your expense.

The Department of Agriculture & Water Resources have published the draft requirements for the new Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) season starting the 1st of September 2018 to 30th April 2019.  The requirements have changed considerably and may now affect your consignment.

This relates to all sea freight consignments including LCL, FCL, FAK, FCX, OT, FR, Break Bulk (list is non-exhaustive).

The target risk Countries this season:

United States of America









Japan (heightened vessel surveillance will be the only measure applied)


The target high risk goods this season which require mandatory offshore treatment are:

36 Explosives, pyrotechnics

44 Wood

45 Cork

57 Carpets

68 Stone, cement

69 Ceramics

70 Glass

72 Steel, iron

73 Steel Articles

74 Cooper

75 Nickel

76 Aluminium

78 Lead

79 Zinc

80 Tin

81 Base metals

82 Tools, cutlery

83 Base metal

84 Machinery

85 Electrical machinery

86 Railway locos

87 Vehicles

88 Aircraft

89 Ships

93 Arms, ammunition


The target risk goods this season which will have increased onshore intervention (possible inspect/unpack):

25 Salt, mineral

26 Ores, slag, ash

27 Fuel oils

28 Inorganic chemicals

29 Organic chemicals

31 Fertilisers

38 Chemical products

39 Plastics

40 Tyres, rubber

46 Straw, basket ware

47 Wood pulp

48 Paper, cardboard

49 Printed matter

56 Wadding, felt



Treatment options offshore this season:

Heat Treatment

Methyl Bromide Fumigation

Sulfuryl Fluoride Fumigation


Treatment must be completed by an approved treatment provider only.  Acceptable Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers are expected to be published on the Department of Agriculture & Water Resources BMSB website page early August.  If your goods fall under the high targeted tariffs, please ensure your suppliers are arranging treatment prior to export.  Target goods arriving from or via a targeted country and not treated by an approved BMSB treatment provider will be subject to re-export at the importers expense.  Suppliers will be able to check if a company is approved on the DAWR BMSB website soon and if they are not approved they must apply to become approved.


Please ensure you check the current draft requirements and regularly check back for updates regarding the new measures via the below Department of Agriculture & Water Resources website.



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