Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) 2020-2021 season

Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) 2020-2021 season

The Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources have released the latest requirements regarding mandatory pre-shipment fumigation for imports into Australia, to protect against Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) over the 2020-21 high risk season.

The measures apply to goods shipped from high risk countries from 1 September 2020 that arrive in Australian territory by 31 May 2021 (inclusive). Consignees are responsible for ensuring their shipments are compliant.

As with previous BMSB risk seasons, you must comply with these measures. Throughout the season, the Department of Agriculture will continue to review these measures based on detections of BMSB and the risk pathways and make any necessary adjustments.

There are three approved treatment options for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) treatment.

Heat

For all goods types and sizes

  • 56°C or higher at the coldest surface of the goods, for a minimum of 30 minutes

or

Alternative option for individual goods weighing less than 3000 kg shipped as break bulk only,

  • 60°C or higher at the coldest surface of the goods, for a minimum of 10 minutes

*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.

Methyl Bromide

  • A dose of 24 g/m³ or above, at 10°C or above, for a minimum of 12 hours (but less than 24 hours), with a minimum end point reading of 12 g/m³

or

  • A dose of 24 g/m³ or above, at 10°C or above, for 24 hours or longer, with a minimum end point reading of 8 g/m³

*Note: Dose increases to compensate for temperatures less than 10°C is NOT permitted.

Sulfuryl Fluoride

  • A dose of 24 g/m³ or above, at 10°C or above, for a minimum of 12 hours (but less than 24 hours), with a minimum end point reading of 12 g/m³

or

  • A dose of 24 g/m³ or above, at 10°C or above, for 24 hours or longer, with a minimum end point reading of 8 g/m³

*Note: Dose increases to compensate for temperatures less than 10°C is NOT permitted.

Sulfuryl Fluoride – Using third-party system

  • Achieve a CT of 200 g-h/m³ or more, at 10°c or above, for 12 hours or longer, with a minimum end point reading of 12 g/m³

or

  • Achieve a CT of 200 g-h/m³ or more, at 10°C or above, for 24 hours or longer, with a minimum end point reading of 8 g/m³

Note: The approved third party systems are:

  • Douglas Products. – FumiGuide
  • Ensystex II, Inc. – Fumicalc
  • Barcan Barcan Pest Control & Fumigation co. – FumiTrrack

Please note that Australian Quarantine will not accept any treatment certificates via a non-registered treatment provider.

For more information along with a list of the emerging risk countries that are subject to random on-shore inspections, please head here

If you have any questions regarding the above, please contact us directly.

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