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Dear Customer,



We are advised that the seasonal measures for the 2022–23 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) risk season have been released.


The insect Halyomorpha halys (BMSB) is exotic to Australia and is an identified seasonal hitchhiker pest that has the potential to severely impact Australian and New Zealand agricultural industries.

BMSB is ranked number 9 in the National Priority Plant Pests list. It is known to feed on around 300 different plant species. Both juveniles and adults feed on, and severely damage fruit and vegetable crops. Australia and New Zealand remain free of BMSB, but their environment and climate are suitable to support their entry and establishment of BMSB.


The BMSB webpage has been updated to reflect the upcoming season’s measures. You can find the respective links below:


Seasonal measures for Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) - DAFF (agriculture.gov.au)


Brown marmorated stink bug: requirements for importers | Import | NZ Government (mpi.govt.nz)


BMSB seasonal measures will apply to targeted goods manufactured in or shipped from target risk countries, that have been shipped between 1 September and 30 April (inclusive), and to vessels that berth, load, or tranship from target risk countries within the same period.


Note: The shipped-on board date, as indicated on the Ocean Bill of lading, is the date used to determine when goods have been shipped. “Gate in” dates and times will not be accepted to determine when goods are shipped.


Changes to measures for the 2022-23 BMSB risk season

  • Emerging risk countries will apply to China and UK only.

  • Chapters 94 and 95 will be subject to random inspections (emerging risk countries only).

  • 120 hours policy been amended to allow onshore re-treatment in certain situations where goods have been rolled (with evidence)

  • Inspect (unpack) Inspections will now apply instead of Secure Seals intact inspections at Approved Arrangements.

We encourage all customers to review the information available and to work directly with their consignee’s and local agents to ensure that all requirements for import have been met in advance of shipping.


This may include but not be limited to the fumigation of cargo at origin.






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