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Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Strikes Exporters

Exports to Australia: Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) SeasonBrown Marmorated Stink Bug, pictured here from Penn State's Department of Entomology

Australia’s Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has developed measures to manage the 2016-17 brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) season. In addition to standard import requirements, these measures affect ocean FCL & break-bulk shipments of targeted tariffs imported from the United States between 1 September 2016 and 30 April 2017. A complete list of the exact commodities subject to these measures can be found here. The department considers goods transported on flat rack containers to be break bulk cargo. LCL shipments are excluded.

Break bulk goods treated for BMSB before December 1, 2016 must undergo treatment within 96 hours of loading. Containerized goods sealed after treatment and arriving with seals intact are not subject to a treatment window. Break bulk goods treated on or after December 1, 2016 are unlikely to become re-infested, so are not subject to a treatment window. Commodities manufactured after December 1, 2016 are exempt, as long as they are accompanied with a Not Field Tested (NUFT) Declaration that includes the Date & Place of Manufacture. A good is only considered to be newly manufactured after 1 December 2016 if all of its large, complex components have also been manufactured after 1 December.

Treatment Certificates must identify the Cargo Treated & include a unique identifiable link to the consignment, specify the date, type & timeframe of treatment and include a plastic wrap declaration. Australia’s Document Requirement Policy is available here.

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