Both Australia and New Zealand are preparing for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug season 2021 – 2022. During this period both countries will take measures in dealing with BMSB season, the measures apply to goods shipped from 1 September 2021 that arrive in Australian territory by April 30th 2022.
The bug finds its origin in Asia. The six legged triangle shaped insect is rapidly expanding throughout North America and Europe. The bug is an agricultural exotic pest that potentially harms fruit and vegetable crops whilst active during the warmer seasons of the year. However, during the colder months, the bugs look for overwintering sites to camp out over the colder days in homes, attics, crawl spaces, vehicles or factories. Juveniles and adults feed on, and as a result severely damage, fruit and vegetable crops. Brown marmorated stink bugs form a high biosecurity risk to Australia because of their tendency to hitchhike, highly mobile nature and the lack of effective lures.
Therefore, the Australian Department of Agriculture has put together a list of target risk countries that pose a threat:
Certain goods (target high risk and target risk goods) manufactured in or shipped from the target risk countries as sea cargo will be subject to BMSB intervention.
The measures applied will depend on the commodity. Goods have been assigned to three categories:
1)Target High Risk goods:
Mandatory offshore treatment for high risk goods shipped as Breakbulk / Open Top / Flat Rack.
Mandatory offshore or onshore treatment for high risk goods shipped as FCL, LCL and FAK. If treated onshore, deconsolidation or removal of goods will not be permitted before treatment.
All tariffs to be considered as HIGH RISK are outlined on the attached document.
2)Target Risk Goods:
Goods in this category will be subject to increased onshore intervention upon arrival in Australia through random inspections. If BMSB is detected, goods will be directed for onshore treatment.
All tariffs to be considered as target risk are outlined on the attached document.
3)All Other Goods:
BMSB seasonal measures do not apply to goods not identified as ‘target HIGH RISK ’ or ‘target risk’. However, goods may be subject to BMSB measures if they are part of a consignment that contains target high risk or target risk goods.
Any vessel that berths at, loads or tranships from the target risk countries is also subject to BMSB seasonal measures.
TARGET HIGH RISK GOODS
All tariffs under the following chapters are categorised as Target High Risk Goods:
- 36 - Explosives; pryotechnic products; matches, pryophoric alloys
- 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; cermet; articles thereof
- 82 – Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal
- 83 – Miscellaneous articles of base metals
- 84 – Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances
- 85 – Electrical machinery and equipment; sound recorders and reproducers
- 86 – Railway, tramway locomotives, rolling-stock; track fixtures, fitting; mechanicals
- 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
- 93 – Arms and ammunition; parts
TARGET RISK GOODS
All tariffs under the following chapters are categorised as Target Risk Goods:
- 25 - Salt; sulphur, earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement
- 26 – Ores, slag, ash
- 27 – Mineral fuels, oils; bituminous substances; mineral waxes
- 28 – Inorganic chemicals; precious metals, rare-earth metals, radioactive elements
- 29 – Organic chemicals
- 31 – Fertilisers
- 38 – Miscellaneous chemical products
- 39 – Plastics and articles thereof – including sub chapters I and II
- 40 – Rubber and articles thereof
- 46 – Manufactures of straw, of esparto; basket ware and wickerwork
- 47 – Pulp of wood, fibrous cellulosic material; recovered paper or paperboard
- 48 – Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp or of paperboard
- 49 – Printed books, newspapers, pictures manuscripts, typescripts, plans
- 56 – Wadding, felt, nonwovens; special yarns; twine, cordage, ropes and cables
Goods in this category will not require mandatory treatment, however, will be subject to increased onshore intervention upon arrival in Australia through random inspection. If BMSB is detected goods will be directed for onshore treatment. For more information on how to prevent potential slow down or disruption in your supply chain, due to these measures, please get in touch with our expert, Rick Resoort.