Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs Season 2018-2019

Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs Season 2018-2019

Over the past few months, DAWR has been holding internal and external meetings with stakeholders to finalise the guidelines for this upcoming Brown Marmorated Sting Bugs (BMSB) Season.  This is on top of last seasons’ collated data which was used to study the efficacy of the measures, the veracity of the certificates being issued and to establish the extent of the scope of said measures.

DAWR has also been in touch with various Government agencies overseas and the local treatment providers, not only to gather information but to also try and streamline the process. Unfortunately, according to DAWR, these government agencies were reluctant to make this an interagency collaboration since the BMSB is not a legislated threat as far as their own individual governments are concerned. The next best step was for the department to engage the overseas treatment providers directly which resulted in the creation of the Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers scheme.

The department has now subsequently issued the below advice.  Please note that these are in general terms.

  1. Seafreight consignments arriving between 01 September 2018 and 30 April 2019 must comply with the seasonal measures for certain goods arriving from certain countries.
  2. A list of target risk countries has been established which comprises of 9 countries: USA, Italy, Germany, France, Russia, Greece, Hungary, Romania, Georgia.
  3. Japan considered for heightened vessel surveillance measures only.
  4. Goods are then classed as target high risk goods or target risk goods manufactured or shipped from target risk countries. “Target HIGH risk goods” will require mandatory treatment.  As for the “Target Risk goods”, they will be subject to increased onshore intervention through random inspection.  If the presence of BMSB is detected, goods will be directed for onshore treatment.
  5. It must be noted that goods shipped as Breakbulk, or in Open Top containers or Flat Racks will require MANDATORY OFFSHORE treatment. All containerised cargo in sealed six sided containers may be treated on arrival in Australia provided the treatment is conducted at the container level. Deconsolidation or removal of goods will not be permitted prior to treatment.
  6. Approved treatments are as follows: Heat Treatment, Methyl Bromide Fumigation and Sulfuryl Fluoride Fumigation.
  7. Treatment providers situated within the target risk countries must register with DAWR otherwise their treatment certificates will be deemed unacceptable. Providers that are on the approved list have been advised and are fully aware of what is required from them in terms of treatment parameters and the administration of the paperwork as part of their accreditation program.
  8. Random inspection can still happen to validate effectiveness of treatment
  9. DAWR has also qualified the process, stating that this is a very dynamic position we are all in and everyone is still learning. Policies are being re-aligned as things progress.

Please click on the following links for a more detailed look into this season’s measures:

http://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/before/pests/brown-marmorated-stink-bugs

http://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/industry-advice/2018/99-2018

http://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/before/pests/brown-marmorated-stink-bugs/offshore-treatment-providers

The Team at Transolve Global

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