If you are importing materials, machinery or tools into Australia, chances are high your cargo is classified as target high risk or target risk goods and subject to BMSB measures. As an importer or manufacturer whose business depends on a reliable supply chain, you cannot afford the risk of your much needed cargo being delayed or even rejected and exported.
Harders Advisory is in permanent contact with the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) and can ensure that your cargo will comply with DAFF’s latest rules and regulations. We classify goods, arrange for the required treatment by approved treatment providers, and take care of the required paperwork and documentation.
As a result, you can fully focus on your business and your customers, rather than spending your time trying to stay on top of the latest BMSB developments and regulations.
Don’t let a small bug stop your business.
In response to the rapid expansion of BMSB throughout Europe and North America, the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) has strengthened the seasonal measures to manage risk of BMSB from arriving in Australia for the 2022–23 BMSB risk season.
For the 2022-23 BMSB risk season, measures will apply to:
from 1 September 2022 and that arrive in Australian territory by 30 April 2023 (inclusive).
As with previous BMSB risk seasons, Importers/Exporters must comply with these measures. Throughout the season the DAFF will continue to review these measures based on detections of BMSB and the risk pathways and make any necessary adjustments.
Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs pose a significant biosecurity risk to Australia due to their highly mobile nature. They are currently found throughout North East Asia, North America and Europe and can be identified by their shield shape and white bands on the antennae, legs and rear margins of the body. Introduction into Australia would have a devasting impact on over 300 agricultural and ornamental plants by rendering them unsellable or reducing production yields.
As a result, the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) implements seasonal measures for certain goods arriving from target risk countries.
Goods shipped from target risk countries between 1st September 2022 to 30th April 2023 (inclusive) need to be treated. Throughout the season DAFF continually reviews measures based on detections of BMSB and the risk pathways.
Certain target high risk goods (Appendix 1) manufactured in, or shipped from target risk countries as sea cargo will require treatment for BMSB either prior to export or on arrival in Australia.
Certain target risk goods (Appendix 1) do not require mandatory treatment however are subject to increased surveillance and inspections and may be directed for treatment if BMSB are detected.
All imported cargo must still comply with listed standard import conditions which are dealt with against the import declaration.
There are three approved treatment options for BMSB treatments.
For all goods types and sizes
Note: Individual goods shipped as break bulk weighing less than 3000kg treated at 60°C for 10 minutes require evidence within shipping documentation that they are less than 3000kg for these treatments to be accepted.
*Note: The approved stewardship program operators and their third-party systems are:
Topping up with additional fumigant at the end of treatment is NOT permitted.
If the concentration of the fumigant falls below the minimum end point reading at any point during the treatment, the treatment has failed.
The list of currently approved treatment providers for the 2022-23 season is available here.
The list will be updated by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry with new providers and details of any suspensions. It is recommended to regularly check the list to ensure any preferred treatment provider used is still approved for the treatment method chosen.
Goods shipped in a six hard sided container (FCL, FCX, LCL or FAK) must be packed and sealed in the container within 120 hours (5 days) of the treatment being completed.
Goods shipped as Break Bulk or in open top or flat rack containers must be loaded on board a vessel for export within 120 hours (5 days) of the treatment being completed.
All roll-on roll-off (ro-ro) vessels that berth at, load or tranship in target risk countries from 1st September 2022 and arrive in Australian territory by 30th April 2023 will be required to:
– Conduct self-inspections and respond to specific questions as part of pre-arrival reporting requirements; and
– Undergo a mandatory seasonal pest inspection on arrival in Australia.
Below is the 2022-23 list of target risk countries.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
United States of America
Japan (heightened vessel surveillance will be the only measure applied)
The United Kingdom and China have been identified as emerging risk countries for the upcoming BMSB season.
Target high risk goods and goods classified to chapters 94 and 95 may be selected for random onshore inspections to verify freedom from BMSB contamination.
As part of the 2022-23 measures, DAFF has made the Safeguarding Arrangements Scheme available to importers. The scheme recognises the ability of approved participants to manage BMSB risk offshore, from the point of manufacture to the point of export.
Safeguarding Arrangements are only available to participants that meet the following eligibility criteria:
Applications from qualifying stakeholders should be lodged with DAFF. For further information please contact Henning Harders.
The Department will permit certain goods (classified under chapters 82, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88 and 89) manufactured on or after 1st December 2022, and that can meet NUFT criteria to be exempt from BMSB measures under certain conditions.
Importations of these commodities must include supporting documentation to prove the manufacture date and evidence of its NUFT status.
Page last updated: 01.08.2022
Talk to us if you consider importing goods to Australia, if you want to determine the feasibility of an overseas business opportunity, mitigate risks, comply with customs regulations, improve cash-flow or streamline your import / export processes.
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