BMSB (Brown Marmorated stink bug) Announcement for Season 20/21

The BMSB (Brown Marmorated stink bug) season commences 1st September 2020 and will remain in effect through to 30th April (however will include goods arriving up to 31st May).

During this period, heightened bio-security measures will be in place. These measures will affect a considerable range of products manufactured in (or onboard vessels who visit) 37 different countries destined for Australia.

The Target-Risk Countries for 20-21 season are:

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Armenia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Croatia
  • Czechia
  • France
  • Japan (heightened vessel surveillance will be the only measure applied).
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kosovo
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxembourg
  • Montenegro
  • Moldova
  • Netherlands
  • Portugal
  • Republic of North Macedonia
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United States of America

Any target high risk or target risk goods which are manufactured in or shipped from the target risk countries will be subject to the BMSB seasonal measures. Any vessel that berths at, loads or tranships from the target risk countries is also subject to the BMSB seasonal measures.

In addition, the department continues to review the changing risk status of BMSB and will also be undertaking random onshore inspections on goods from other emerging risk countries to verify pest absence in goods.

The following countries have been identified as emerging risk countries for the 2020-21 BMSB risk season and may be selected for a random onshore inspection: Belarus, Denmark, Ireland, Poland, Sweden, United Kingdom and Chile.

The Department of Agriculture is also monitoring other countries through a lower rate of random inspections. These include all remaining European countries, Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan, Argentina, South Africa and Uruguay.

More information can be found below:

Quick Reference guide on BMSB – The who, the what & the where:
20-21 BMSB Seasonal Measures factsheet
20-21 BMSB Target high risk goods factsheet

Treatment of cargoes from these target-risk countries are available onshore in Australia or offshore. However to reduce the risks of completing offshore treatment only having to complete a repeat treatment in Australia the following rules need to be followed:

Onshore: Where onshore treatment of goods is permitted, it must be provided at an approved provider.

Offshore (in target risk countries): Treatment providers must be registered & approved under the scheme to be able to conduct BMSB Treatments. A list of approved providers can be found here (this list is constantly updated, please check to ensure your treatment provider is approved before using.

Offshore (in non-target risk countries): Treatment providers in non-target risk countries who intend to conduct BMSB treatments for goods that are manufactured in any of the target risk countries are also encouraged to register under the scheme.

Treatment certificates from providers in non-target risk countries who do not register will be accepted, however, these goods will be subject to increased intervention compared to those treated by approved treatment providers.

Treatment providers in non-target risk countries who perform multiple BMSB treatments during the season must join the scheme. If unregistered treatment providers continue to treat and present treatment certificates throughout the season and have not made any effort to register, future treated goods may be exported or destroyed.

More information can be found on the Department of Agriculture website or by following the link below:

What can you do?

Keep your clients informed of any changes in the Department of Agriculture’s approach to BMSB and if they happen to find one of these smelly, shady characters in their premises or containers contact the Department of Agriculture on 1800 798 636 immediately!

If you require more information please contact ACF.