DAWR - Preparation for the 2019-20 for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Risk Season                                                 

Further to updates in AFIF Bulletins and AFIF Weekly News, DAWR has issued the BMSB Proposed Seasonal Measures for 2019-20 Season which were presented in the BMSB Industry Information Sessions held in April. 

The material in DAWR Industry Advice Notice 57-2019 below and DAWR website BMSB page covers topics -

What are the proposed 2019-20 BMSB seasonal measures?

What are the proposed 2019-20 BMSB season target risk countries?

What are the proposed 2019-20 BMSB season target high risk goods?

What are the proposed 2019-20 BMSB target risk goods?

What about all other goods not listed?

What the treatment options for target high risk goods?

Where can I find a list of onshore BMSB treatment providers?

Where can I find out about the Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers Scheme?

What are the proposed safeguarding arrangements for 2019-20?

Will there be any exemption measures this season?

What are the proposed seasonal measures for vessels?

Is the department undertaking any industry consultation on the proposed measures?

How can I contact the department if I have a BMSB question?

BMSB industry information session materials and Webinar


Some of these proposed measures are under discussion between DAWR, AFIF and industry stakeholders, including: the possibility of ONSHORE treatment of some FAK/LCL containers; hubbing arrangements for LCL/FAK containers at transit locations such as Singapore and further details on the proposed Safefguarding Arrangements program.

DAWR will continue to engage with industry representatives and stakeholders on the final seasonal measures due to be announced by late May.

AFIF will keep members informed of progress.



DAWR IAN 57-2019 - Preparation for the 2019-20 for Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) risk season Page Content

29 April 2019

Who does this notice affect?

Stakeholders in the import and shipping industries—including vessel masters, freight forwarders, treatment providers, Biosecurity Industry Participants, importers, customs brokers and principle agents— associated with importing goods that require increased intervention during the  2019-20 BMSB risk season.

What has changed?

In response to the rapid expansion of Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) throughout Europe and North America, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has released the proposed seasonal measures to manage the risk of BMSB from entering and establishing in Australia for the 2019-20 BMSB risk season.

For the 2019-20 risk season, certain goods manufactured in, or shipped from, an expanded list target risk countries will be subject to BMSB seasonal measures. The measures will apply to goods shipped as sea cargo between 1 September 2019 and 30 April 2020 (inclusive). These measures require certain goods arriving from certain countries of risk to be treated offshore or onshore, in some cases mandatory offshore treatment will apply. Goods will also be subject to increased onshore intervention through random inspections.

As with previous BMSB risk seasons, you must comply with these measures for goods categorised as either target high risk or target risk goods. Full details of the proposed 2019-20 BMSB seasonal measures, including the expanded list of target risk counties and the target high risk and risk goods have been published on the department’s website at agriculture.gov.au/bmsb

April BMSB Industry information sessions

The department held a series of industry information sessions in April 2019, in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth as well as a webinar on the proposed 2019-20 BMSB seasonal measures. The information sessions were well received by industry with strong attendance at all events. Following the conclusion of these events the department has now published a copy of the industry information session presentation, proposed measures factsheet and webinar on the BMSB webpage.

Further information

For further information and contact information regarding BMSB seasonal measures, visit our BMSB webpage agriculture.gov.au/bmsb