Conclusion of 2017-2018 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Risk Season

Who does this notice affect?
Clients in the import and shipping industries—including freight forwarders, importers and customs brokers—associated with importing goods during the BMSB risk season (shipped between 1 September 2017 to 30 April 2018 inclusive).

What has changed?
The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (department) ceased heightened measures for the 2017-2018 BMSB risk season for goods shipped from 1 May 2018.

Goods shipped on or before 30 April 2018 and still en route to Australia will be subject to BMSB measures. To manage this, the department will assess the shipped on board date to determine if BMSB measures are applicable.

Importers are reminded that it is their responsibility to ensure that their goods are imported free of biosecurity risks such as stink bugs throughout the year, not just during the period of heightened seasonal measures.

Brown Marmorated Sting Bug

Please note: ACF have received advice that all containers shipped ex Europe as of and including September 1, 2018 will again be subject to to BMSB measures. We will update you soon as any further news/updates come to hand.