The 2018/19 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Season is the current topic on everyone’s minds.
The last season took importers and authorities by surprise, this year the Department of Agriculture is looking to ensure that all measures are in place for a successful season.
Draft measures are being released constantly by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources with the BMSB webpage being updated continually.
Here’s the latest from FTA (Freight & Trade Alliance):
“As outlined in Import Industry Advice Notice (77-2018), the draft measures for the 2018-19 BMSB measures have been published on the BMSB webpage.
Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) has received advice from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources that this will continue to be updated as they refine and finalise the measures.
Further advice was received last night (Friday 3 August 2018) that the department has now updated the webpage to include the BMSB treatment methodologies and recently approved offshore treatment providers for the Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers Scheme.
Please note this list is current as per the date on the webpage and will be updated as the department adds more approved treatment providers.
If there are treatment providers that you are aware of or those who intend to conduct offshore BMSB treatments, please inform them of the application process for the Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers Scheme.
More updates to the BMSB webpage will be made early next week, including finalisation of the target countries, target high risk and risk goods, refining of details around the offshore and onshore treatment requirements, and scenarios from queries that the department has been receiving from industry.”
It is expected that this week we will see the finalisation of all information need on the 2018-19 Stink Bug Season.