2021-22 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) season

2021-22 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) season


CFL would like to remind all importers that the 2021-22 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) season is not far away and the new measures for this season have been announced by the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.

Measures are especially important if you ship cargo either as Break Bulk, in Flat Rack or Open top containers

This season Poland has been added to the list of Target Risk Countries and Belarus, Malta, Sweden, United Kingdom and Chile have been identified as emerging risk counties for BMSB and shipments from these emerging risk countries may be selected for random onshore inspection.

Some Air Cargo will also be targeted this season

Due to detections of live BMSB in previous seasons, air cargo arriving between 1 September and 30 November (inclusive) from the USA and Italy that contain goods of target high risk chapters 84, 85, 86 or 87 will be subject to random verification inspections.

Season dates for 2021-22 BMSB season:
These measures will apply to targeted goods manufactured and shipped from target risk countries, that have been shipped between the 1st September 2021 and 30th April 2022 inclusive. This will also include vessels that berth, load or tranship from target risk countries within this same period.

Target Risk Countries this season are – 

Target high risk goods – 

Listed below are the tariff classifications that have been categorized as target high risk goods that will require mandatory treatment for BMSB when shipped from target risk countries.

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 of base metal; parts thereof of base metal
83 – Miscellaneous articles of base metals
84 – Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; 
85 – Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; 
86 – Railway or tramway locomotives, rolling-stock and parts thereof;
87 – Vehicles other than railway or tram 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

Other target risk goods – 

Other Target risk goods on the below list will not require mandatory treatment, but they will be subject to increased onshore intervention through random inspection.

25 – Salt; sulphur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement
26 – Ores, slag and ash
27 – Mineral fuels, mineral oils; bituminous substances; mineral waxes
28 – Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals, of radioactive elements or of isotopes
29 – Organic chemicals
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, 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 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

Mandatory offshore treatment – Break Bulk consignments, open top containers & flat racks

Mandatory offshore treatment by an approved provider is required for target high risk goods shipped as break bulk cargo, this includes goods shipped in open top containers or on flat rack containers. It’s important that you pass on this information to your suppliers if they intend to ship using these methods, as any 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 and substantial additional costs will be incurred.

Container packing

Un-treated containers that arrive and are considered ‘overpacked’ may be directed for unpack and treatment or re-export. Therefore, it’s strongly advised that all containers are packed with appropriate space left that will enable effective treatment and any plastic wrapping or other packaging used must provide adequate access to the goods for the treatment to be effective. If not, the ‘overpacked’ container may need to be re-exported or unpacked and treated at a specialist facility which will result in long delays and increased costs for the importer.

Treatment options

The approved treatment options for BMSB risk are heat treatment, methyl bromide fumigation and sulphuryl fluoride fumigation.

All offshore treatment providers in target risk countries must first register and be approved by the department and all existing treatment providers will also need to be re-registered with the department for this new season.

If any further information is needed, please contact your usual CFL representative or refer to the Government Departments web site on this subject – https://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/before/brown-marmorated-stink-bugs