A Brown Marmorated Stink Bug on a Leaf

NOTICE: Emergency Measures on the Import of Break Bulk, Vehicles & Machinery

The Australian Department of Agriculture has released an industry notice about emergency measures on the import of break bulk and containerised vehicles, machinery, automotive parts and tyres against the spread of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug.


The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) is an exotic pest of biosecurity concern to Australia’s agriculture industry. Juveniles and adults feed on and severely damage fruit and vegetable crops, and adults can enter vehicles, machinery, homes and factories in autumn months in large numbers looking for warm places to hide over winter.

What has changed?

  • Pre-shipment treatment requirements are being expanded to include high risk cargo arriving in Australia from ALL remaining United States ports from 9 March 2015.
  • In addition to the pre-shipment treatments outlined in 02-2015, the department will also accept methyl bromide treatment 40g/m3@16-20°C for 24 hours or 48g/m3@11-15°C for 24 hours.
  • The pre-treatment timeframe for break bulk cargo has been expanded from “within 48” to “within 72” hours prior to loading.
  • The pre-treatment time specifications for containerised cargo have been changed from “within 24 hours prior to being containerised” to “within 21 days prior to shipment providing containers are immediately sealed and arrive in Australia “seals intact”.

Read the full notice HERE from the Department of Agriculture