The updated guidelines and directives issued by the Australian Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) serve to fortify the mandatory pre-shipment fumigation prerequisites, safeguarding against the Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs Australia (BMSB) during the imminent high-risk span of 2023/2024.
What is BMSB?
The brown marmorated stink bug (scientifically known as Halyomorpha halys) belongs to the Pentatomidae family of insects and is indigenous to regions such as China, Japan, Korea, and other parts of Asia. A noteworthy incident occurred in September 1998 when it was identified in Allentown, Pennsylvania, with indications pointing towards an accidental introduction.
Both nymphs and adult specimens of the brown marmorated stink bug display a feeding preference for over 100 plant species, which notably encompass various agricultural crops. By the time 2010–11 rolled around, this insect had progressed into a persistent seasonal pest, causing substantial disruptions in orchards across the Eastern United States. The consequences of this impact were starkly evident as the apple crop losses amounted to $37 million in the Mid-Atlantic United States in 2010, leading to severe repercussions for certain stone fruit growers who witnessed losses exceeding 90% of their produce.
In the present day, the brown marmorated stink bug has solidified its presence in numerous regions of North America and has even managed to establish a foothold in Europe and South America. For a more in-depth exploration of the subject, you can access further information concerning the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB).
What is happening this BMSB season?
Commencing from the 1st of September 2023, marking the date of shipment origination, until the closure of 30th April 2024, these stringent measures extend their reach across all inbound shipments to Australia.
The purview of BMSB seasonal measures encompasses goods meticulously pinpointed as originating from or routed through countries categorized as target risk nations. Concurrently, the measures encompass waterborne vessels that berth, load, or conduct transhipment activities involving these target risk countries within the stipulated timeframe.
Notably, the shipped-on board date, explicitly stated on the Ocean Bill of Lading, stands as the pivotal parameter for ascertaining the shipment commencement. The utilization of “Gate in” dates and timestamps for this determination purpose is expressly precluded.
In view of these developments, we strongly advise our valued clientele who are in the process of relocating ‘target high-risk’ merchandise to acquaint themselves with the comprehensive DAFF guidelines. It is imperative that they ensure their associated suppliers diligently adhere to all mandated overseas treatment prerequisites well in advance of the impending deadline on September 1st.
What are the target countries for BMSB?
The following countries below have been categorised as target risk:
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Japan (heightened vessel surveillance only).
- Republic of North Macedonia
- United States of America
In addition, these countries have been identified as emerging risk countries for the – BMSB risk season and may be selected for a random onshore inspection: the United Kingdom and China:
- China – random inspections will apply to goods shipped between 1 September to 31 December (inclusive)
- United Kingdom – random inspections will apply to goods shipped between 1 December to 30 April (inclusive)
- In addition to the target high-risk goods, chapters 39, 94, and 95 will be subject to random inspections for emerging-risk countries only
Looking for further information?
The below links provide relevant information, fact sheets, target risk countries, target goods, measures for vessels and BMSB treatment types and rates:
Given the risks that we have highlighted that the brown marmorated stink bug poses 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.
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