Brown Marmorated Stink Bug: emergency measures for break bulk and containerised vehicles, machinery, automotive parts and tyres

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug: emergency measures for break bulk and containerised vehicles, machinery, automotive parts and tyres

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug: emergency measures for break bulk and containerised vehicles, machinery, automotive parts and tyres

  1. US east coast ports from 23 February 2015

All break bulk cargo including machinery, vehicles, vessels and automotive parts, and containerised vehicles, machinery, automotive parts and tyres shipped from the east coast ports of United States and arriving in Australia from Monday, 23 February 2015, are required to be:

  • treated prior to shipping
  • accompanied by a certification of efficacy outlining the treatment completed
  • subject to on-arrival inspection as determined by the department.

Mandatory treatments must be applied to:

  • all break bulk vehicles (including boats), machinery, and automotive parts within 72 hours prior to loading
  • containerised shipments of vehicles (including boats), machinery, automotive parts, and tyres within 21 days prior to shipment providing containers are immediately sealed and arrive in Australia “seals intact”.

Acceptable pre-shipment treatments include:

  • heat (60°C/140°F) for 30 minutes in the coldest location of the cargo
  • methyl bromide (32g/m3@21-25°C for 24 hours, 40g/m3@16-20°C for 24 hours or 48g/m3@11-15°C for 24 hours)
  • sulfuryl fluoride (32g/m3@21-25°C for 24 hours, 40g/m3@16-20°C for 24 hours)
  • other pre-shipment treatments or management arrangements approved by the department.
  1. All remaining US ports from 9 March 2015

Due to the widespread occurrence of this pest in the United States, all specified break bulk and containerised cargo arriving in Australia from 9 March 2015 from ALL REMAINING United States ports will be subject to the pre-shipment treatment requirements outlined above.

  1. Interim measures for consignments in transit

For consignments in transit from the ports of Savannah and Baltimore (without pre-shipment treatment certificates), the on-arrival measures outlined in industry notice 02-2015will continue to apply.

These consignments will require assessment in situ on the vessel by biosecurity inspectors and will not be permitted discharge until the inspectors are confident that any residual risks posed by the stink bugs are managed. This includes transhipped and transhipping goods and any other cargo on the contaminated vessel due to the significant cross contamination risk with this pest.

Goods on contaminated vessels will only be permitted discharge if the necessary treatment facilities on wharf are available and any mandatory treatments can be implemented within 48 hours of discharge. Complex machinery that cannot be fully risk assessed on board contaminated vessels may not be permitted discharge.

Goods that are permitted to be discharged can only be landed on the wharf and must not be moved from that wharf until the biosecurity officer has released the goods from quarantine following inspection and any treatments required.

Duration

The department anticipates that these emergency measures will be in place until at least the end of April 2015.