Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Risk Season 2017-18 Mandatory treatment for containerised goods from Italy
To All Our Valued Clients,
We have been advised by the Department of Agriculture and Water (DAWR) that immediate measures have been implemented to prevent the movement of Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs to Australia commencing 17/01/2018 for all cargo ex Italy. A significant number of further detections of BMSB in Australia in various types of containerised goods has been found in goods arriving from Italy. Detections indicate that BMSB are sheltering in a range of containers and goods outside of those captured by the existing measures.
DAWR has confirmed that mandatory methyl bromide fumigation will be required for all consignments that arrive in Australia between the 17th of January and 30th April 2018 ex Italy, including those already on route to Australia unless already treated offshore. Where methyl bromide is not suitable, another approved treatment for BMSB must be applied on arrival.
The only exceptions being Fresh Produce, Live Animals, Food for human consumption, seeds for sowing.
If you are currently Importing goods to Australia from Italy please consider that goods may be slightly delayed and there will be an added expense incurred due to these measures. For goods that have not departed we will have treatment carried out at origin wherever practical.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact your account manager or myself.