Seasonal Measure for the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Recently, the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources issued their seasonal measures for the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB).

Seasonal Measure for the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

According to the Department of Agriculture, for the 2019 – 2020 BMSB season, measures will apply to certain goods manufactured in or shipped from target risk countries including sea cargo between September 1, 2019 - May 31, 2020 (inclusive).

Where Did It Originate?

The brown marmorated stink bug is native to Japan, China, South Korea, and Taiwan and were first discovered in the USA in Pennsylvania in 1996. Since then the stink bug migrated to most of the country.


This insect can cause a lot of damage to crops across the United States such as apples, apricots, peaches, tomatoes, soybeans, corn and other types of agricultural products.

Who is at Risk?

The following countries are categorized as target risk. Shipments from the countries below may be subject to a random onshore inspection during the BMSB season.

Any vessel that berths at, loads or transships goods from these countries are also subject to heightened vessel surveillance.


Goods Under Risk

Goods that have been categorized as target High Risk Goods require offshore mandatory treatment for BMSB risk.

  • 36 - Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations
  • 44 - Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal
  • 45 - Cork and articles of cork
  • 57 - Carpets and other textile floor coverings
  • 68 - Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials
  • 69 - Ceramic products – including sub chapters I and II
  • 70 – Glass and glass ware
  • 72 - Iron and steel - including sub chapters I, II, III, IV
  • 73 - Articles of iron or steel
  • 74 - Copper and articles thereof
  • 75 - Nickel and articles thereof
  • 76 - Aluminium and articles thereof
  • 78 - Lead and articles thereof
  • 79 - Zinc and articles thereof
  • 80 - Tin and articles thereof
  • 81 - Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof
  • 82 - Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal
  • 83 - Miscellaneous articles of base metals
  • 84 - Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof
  • 85 - Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles
  • 86 - Railway or tramway locomotives, rolling-stock and parts thereof; railway or tramway track fixtures and fittings and parts thereof; mechanical (including electro-mechanical) traffic signalling equipment of all kinds
  • 87 - Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling-stock, and parts and accessories thereof
  • 88 - Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof
  • 89 - Ships, boats and floating structures
  • 93 - Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof

Goods that fall under target Risk Goods will not require mandatory treatment, but could be selected for random onshore inspection.

  • 25 - Salt; sulphur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement
  • 26 - Ores, slag and ash
  • 27 - Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes
  • 28 - Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals, of radioactive elements or of isotopes - including sub chapters I, II, III, IV and V
  • 29 - Organic chemicals - including sub chapters I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XII and XIII
  • 31 - Fertilisers
  • 38 - Miscellaneous chemical products
  • 39 - Plastics and articles thereof - – including sub chapters I and II
  • 40 - Rubber and articles thereof
  • 46 - Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basket ware and wickerwork
  • 47 - Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; recovered (waste and scrap) paper or paperboard
  • 48 - Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard
  • 49 - Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans
  • 56 - Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns; twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof

There are three types of treatment:

  • sulfuryl fluoride fumigation 
  • methyl bromide fumigation
  • heat treatment

Industry Advice

If you import or export cargo to or from Australia, please make sure you are compliant with policies and regulations to avoid delays.
DSV will continue monitoring this situation and will publish updates regarding the measures for BMSB as soon as they are available.

For more details please contact your local DSV representative.

Source: Australian Department of Agriculture website 

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