Meeting 2020-21 BMSB Seasonal Measures in Australia

August 13, 2020

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment has finalised the 2020-21 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) seasonal measures.

BMSB seasonal measures apply to goods shipped from 1 September 2020 that arrive in Australian territory by 31 May 2021 (inclusive). 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

Portugal, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Moldova join the list of target risk countries for the 2020-21 BMSB season. Regulations now apply to imports manufactured in or shipped from 37 countries. Vessels that berth at, load, or tranship goods from these countries are also subject to BMSB measures.

Additionally, imports from seven emerging risk countries may be selected for random onshore inspections: Belarus, Denmark, Ireland, Poland, Sweden, United Kingdom, and Chile.

All remaining European countries, Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan, Argentina, South Africa and Uruguay will also be monitored through a lower rate of random inspection.

Continued BMSB Regulations

Biosecurity and quarantine efforts otherwise remain consistent with the 2019-20 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.