The Department of Agriculture has finalised its seasonal Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) measures for the 2019-20 BMSB risk season.
It’s that time of year again. The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug is spreading throughout Europe and Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is now monitoring all cargo originating in Europe.
These bugs represent a considerable threat to Australia’s agricultural industry, not to mention what a nuisance they can be when the invade homes and buildings seeking warmth. Due to the cooperation of shipping lines, port authorities, importers and manufacturers, Australia is free from this damaging pest.
So let’s keep it that way
So far this season the pest has only been detected at low levels in shipments, but should that change the Department will institute pre-shipment treatments similar to what’s in place for the US. It is hoped that this, and the ensuing delays it causes won’t be necessary.
To that end DAWR has issued a letter to shipping lines outlining some of the preventative steps they and their clients can take to halt the spread of the pest.
We understand that the Department is also preparing an Industry Notice to inform importers and other interested parties of the preventative measures that shipping lines may be adopting, and the reasons why.
In the meantime, if you have any questions about Brown Marmorated Stink Bug or the preventative measures, please get in touch with me via email@example.com or call your Magellan Customer Service Team member on 1300 651 888.
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