Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Season 2022-23 Update

The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) published the following Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Update and is available through the link below.

BMSB Season 2022-23 Update

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.

Seasonal Measures for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB)

Effective sailing on or after the 1st September 2022, all target high risk cargo manufactured in or shipped from target risk countries must be treated by an approved treatment provider. 

For the 2022-23 BMSB risk season, measures will apply to:

  • Targeted goods manufactured in, and shipped from target risk countries, and/or
  • Vessels that berth at, load or tranship from target risk countries

The BMSB risk season is for goods that have been shipped between 1 September 2022 and 30 April 2023 (inclusive), and Vessels that berth, load or tranship from target risk countries within the same period. Goods must be treated for BMSB if exported between 1 September 2021 and 30 April 2022 (inclusive).

The following countries have been categorised as target risk and will require mandatory treatment for BMSB:

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Armenia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Croatia
  • Czechia
  • France
  • Japan*
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kosovo
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxembourg
  • Montenegro
  • Moldova
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Republic of North Macedonia
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United States of America

* Japan (heightened vessel surveillance will be the only measure applied).

The following countries have been identified as emerging risk countries for the BMSB risk season and may be selected for a random onshore inspection:

  • United Kingdom
  • China

China – random inspections will apply to goods shipped between 1 September to 31 December (inclusive)
United Kingdom – random inspections will apply to goods shipped between 1 December to 30 April (inclusive)

In addition to the target high risk goods on the following page, chapters 94 and 95 will also be subject to random inspections for emerging risk countries.

94 – Furniture; bedding, mattresses, mattress supports, cushions and similar stuffed furnishings; luminaires and lighting fittings, not elsewhere
specified or included; illuminated signs, illuminated name-plates and the like; prefabricated buildings
95 – Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof

Goods that fall within following Tariff classifications have been categorised as target high risk goods and will require mandatory treatment for BMSB risk:

  • 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

Goods that fall within following Tariff classifications have been categorised as target risk goods and are only subject to increased onshore intervention through random inspection. Mandatory treatment is not required:

  • 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
  • 38 – Miscellaneous chemical products
  • 39 – Plastics and articles thereof – – including sub chapters I and II
  • 40 – Rubber and articles thereof
  • 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

Full details of the notice can also be found here.