Meeting 2021-22 BMSB Seasonal Measures in Australia

July 27, 2021

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment has finalised the 2021-22 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) seasonal measures.

BMSB seasonal measures will apply to targeted goods manufactured and shipped from target risk countries, that have been shipped between 1 September 2021 and 30 April 2022 (inclusive), and to vessels that berth, load, or tranship from target risk countries within the same period. During this period, shippers will be subject to intensified biosecurity and quarantine efforts to protect Australia’s substantial agriculture industry from infestation.

New BMSB Regulations

The list of target risk countries will now include Poland in addition to target risk countries identified for the 2020-21 BMSB risk season.

Emerging risk countries for the 2021-22 BMSB risk season include Belarus, Malta, Sweden, United Kingdom, and Chile.

The shipped on board date, as indicated on the Ocean Bill of lading, is the date used to determine when goods have been shipped. “Gate in” dates and times will not be accepted to determine when goods are shipped.

Continued BMSB Regulations

Biosecurity and quarantine efforts otherwise remain consistent with the 2020-21 BMSB risk season.

Target risk countries face measures including:

  • Increased onshore intervention by inspection for target risk goods
  • Mandatory treatment and increased onshore intervention through inspection for target high-risk goods
  • Heightened treatment requirements. For instance, treatments must be performed by approved treatment providers in target risk countries.

Adherence to seasonal measures is vital to not only protect Australia’s borders but avoid considerable delays and financial penalties. If consignments do not follow regulations, they will be redirected to offshore treatment if applicable or otherwise exported.

Seabridge’s customs brokers are experienced in navigating complex BMSB regulations to avoid costly and time-consuming interruptions. To find out more, read our 2020-21 BMSB Guide, visit DAWE’s website, or contact us at 1800 727 195.