In response to the rapid expansion of Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) throughout Europe and North America, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has released the proposed seasonal measures to manage the risk of BMSB from entering and establishing in Australia for the 2019-20 BMSB risk season.
For the 2019-20 risk season, certain goods manufactured in, or shipped from, an expanded list target risk countries will be subject to BMSB seasonal measures. The measures will apply to goods shipped as sea cargo between 1 September 2019 and 30 April 2020 (inclusive). These measures require certain goods arriving from certain countries of risk to be treated offshore or onshore, in some cases mandatory offshore treatment will apply. Goods will also be subject to increased onshore intervention through random inspections.
As with previous BMSB risk seasons, you must comply with these measures for goods categorised as either target high risk or target risk goods.
For full details of the proposed 2019-2020 BMSB seasonal measures, including the expanded list of target risk counties and the target high risk and risk goods, please refer to: http://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/before/brown-marmorated-stink-bugs or give our office a call.