New Stink Bug Season Starts

The BMSB (Stink Bug) season has now commenced for 2020/2021 and the Department of Agriculture has issued an update on measures, including the addition of four new countries.

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) has issued Industry Advice Notice IAN 136-2020 – “Commencement of the 2020-2021 Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) Risk Season- 1 September 2020

It is directed to: stakeholders in the import and shipping industries—including Master Consolidators, vessel masters, freight forwarders, treatment providers, Biosecurity Industry Participants, importers, customs brokers and principal agents—associated with shipping or importing goods that require increased intervention during the 2020-21 BMSB risk season.

The notice outlines the response to the rapid expansion of BMSB throughout Europe and North America, and advises that DAWE retains the seasonal measures to manage the BMSB risk to Australia. These measures remain essentially the same as last season, with the major change being the addition of four (4) countries to the target risk country list.
These countries are Kazakhstan, Portugal, Moldova and Ukraine.

For this season, heightened biosecurity watch continues to apply to: certain goods manufactured in, or shipped from target risk countries; and/or vessels that berth at, load or tranship from target risk countries.

These steps apply to goods shipped from 01 September 2020 and that arrive in Australian territory by 31 May 2021 (inclusive). Target high risk goods shipped between 01 September and 30 April require mandatory treatment, and will be referred for intervention if they arrive by 31 May 2021 (inclusive). Goods shipped prior to 30 April that arrive after 31 May could be subject to intervention as required.

DAWE strongly recommends goods that are subject to intervention should be treated offshore to reduce delays and storage costs at the border. Onshore capacity for treatment and storage of BMSB risk cargo may be limited.

As licensed Customs Brokers and International Freight Forwarders, Colless Young offers professional advice on all your import shipments, including clearance through customs and quarantine, warehousing and transport. We are based in Brisbane and handle import and export cargo, both air and sea, throughout Australia.