6 August 2019

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) has now finalized seasonal measures for 2019- 2020.
The season will apply to all cargo sailing on or after 01 September 2019 and arriving into Australia by 31 May 2020. Below are important updates provided by DAWR that Importers should take note of for the 2019-2020 BMSB season.

DAWR seasonal measures for BMSB

In response to the rapid expansion of BMSB throughout Europe and North America, the Department (DAWR) has strengthened the seasonal measures to manage risk of BMSB from arriving in Australia for 2019-2020 BMSB risk season.

For the 2019-2020 BMSB risk season, measures will apply to: Certain goods manufactured in, or shipped from target risk countries, and/or vessels that berth at, load or transship from target risk countries from 1st September 2019 and that arrive in Australian territory by 31 May 2020 (inclusive).


The following countries have been categorised as target risk. any target risk goods which are manufactured in, or shipped from these countries will be subject to bmsb seasonal measures;

Albania Canada Italy Russia
Andorra Croatia Kosovo Serbia
Armenia Czech Republic Liechtenstein Slovakia
Austria France Luxembourg Slovenia
Azerbaijan Georgia Macedonia Switzerland
Belgium Germany Montenegro Spain
Bosnia and Herzegovina Greece Netherlands Turkey
Bulgaria Hungary Romania United States of America


With Japan having heightened vessel surveillance will be the only measure applied.

What kind of treatment is required offshore?

Your options are below:

  • Heat Treatment
  • Methyl Bromide
  • Sulfuryl Fluoride

For further information, please visit: http://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/before/brown-marmorated-stink-bugs

Or contact Jose Rodriguez (jose@danonacf.com.au) at DanonaCustoms & forwarding Pty Ltd