Seasonal measures introduced by Australia, New Zealand and Chile to combat marmorated stink bug risk.
BMSBs pose a high biosecurity risk to Australia. This is an invasive pest, native to Asia, and is highly capable of hitchhiking, highly mobile in nature and lack of effective lures. They can severely impact the Australian agricultural industries as well as a nuisance pest to homes, vehicles and factories, seeking shelter in these areas over the winter. They are more frequently found on goods arriving in Australia between September and April, coinciding with the late autumn and winter seasons in the northern hemisphere.
Due to the high risks posed by BMSBs, the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) has introduced seasonal measures to manage these risks. These seasonal measures will apply between 1 September 2018 and 30 April 2019; both dates inclusive.
Heightened surveillance on all roll-on/roll-off (ro-ro) and general cargo vessels through additional pre-arrival reporting with a BMSB questionnaire and daily checks conducted by vessel masters.
Any target high risk or target risk goods manufactured in, or shipped from these countries are subject to the BMSB seasonal measures. Any vessel that tranships or loads goods from these countries are also subject to heightened vessel surveillance:
Some goods manufactured in, or shipped from the target risk countries as sea cargo have been identified as target high risk or target risk goods. To view the list as well as how these goods should be subject to BMSB treatments, please click on this DAWR link here
Throughout the season, the measures based on detections of BMSB and the risk pathways would be continuously reviewed.
For BMST requirements in New Zealand, please to the Biosecurity New Zealand website
Servicio Agricola y Ganadero (SAG) Resolution No. 971/2018 (Spanish only)
Members operating ships to Australia, New Zealand and Chile are urged to familiarise themselves of the above BMSB requirements and compliance.
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