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Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs 2021 – seasonal measures

In Customs Posted August 18, 2021 at 4:28 pm
By Duncan Graham

Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs 2021

The Department of Agriculture and Water and the Environment (DAWE) has finalised its seasonal measures for the Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs 2021 risk season commencing 1 September 2021 and running through until 30 April 2022.

Any goods shipped from Target Risk countries with a departure date during this period will be subject to BMSB measures.

Target Risk Countries

The number of Target Risk countries has increased this year with the inclusion of Poland.  The complete list of Target Risk countries is:

Target Risk Countries*Heightened vessel surveillance will be the only measure applied to Japan.

In addition to the above, the following countries have been identified as emerging risk countries for the 2021-22 BMSB risk season and may be selected for a random onshore inspection:

Target High Risk Goods

Goods falling within specific tariff classification categories are regarded as Target High Risk goods, and treatment for BMSB is mandatory.

Target Risk Goods

Goods falling within other classification categories are regarded as “target risk goods” and will not require mandatory treatment. These goods will, however, be subject to increased onshore intervention via random inspections

A complete list of Target High Risk Goods and Target Risk Goods can be found here. Goods not listed in these categories do not require treatment. They may, however, be subject to the measures if they are part of a container or consignment that contains target high risk or target risk goods.

Required Measures

FCL / FCX containers treated onshore will be treated at the container level, and deconsolidation or removal of goods (for example, exempt goods) will not be permitted. The following table outlines the risk groups and treatment intervention required.
Required Measures*Offshore is preferred to remove the need to unpack overpacked and tightly packaged items for treatment which increases delay and cost to the importer.

  • Goods requiring offshore treatment and arriving untreated will be prevented from discharge and directed for re-export on arrival
  • All Target Risk goods will be subject to increased onshore intervention through random inspection
  • Good not categorized as Target High Risk or Target Risk are not subject to BMSB measures unless they are part of a consignment/container that contains target high-risk and target-risk goods
  • Air cargo arriving between 1 September 2021 and 30 September 2021 (inclusive) from Italy and the United States containing specific Target High-Risk goods will be subject to random verification inspections.

Treatment Options

DAWE will continue to accept three treatments for Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs 2021 affected goods – Methyl Bromide, Sulfuryl Fluoride, and Heat Treatment.  Dosage rates are available from your Magellan Customs team. Valid treatment certificates with consignment links (e.g. Bill of Lading no., container no., commercial invoice no etc.) must be provided as evidence of offshore treatment. Only offshore treatment providers approved by DAWE may carry out the treatment.

Please get in touch with me on 1300 651 888 or duncan.g@maglog.com.au, your Magellan Logistics Customs Broker or Client Services Representative, should you have further questions regarding this matter.

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