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End of 2019-20 Seasonal Measures for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Approaches

The end of the 2019-20 BMSB season in both Australia and New Zealand is approaching. This is a reminder that the measures apply to goods shipped from 1 September 2019.

The risk season for Australia ends for goods that arrive in Australian territory by 31 May 2020 (inclusive). For goods that are shipped prior to 30 April 2020 and arrive after 31 May 2020, they may be subject to intervention as required by the Department of Agriculture (DoA).

The risk season for New Zealand ends for goods that arrive in New Zealand territory on 30th April (inclusive). New Zealand seasons runs one-month shorter than Australia.  Ministry of Prime Industries (MPI) may apply emergency measures if they find BMSB infestations.

Australia and New Zealand Target Risk Countries

The following countries have been categorised by DoA and MPI as target risk. Any target high risk or target risk goods which are manufactured in, or shipped from these countries will be subject to BMSB seasonal measures:

United States of America

Czech Republic























Bosnia and Herzegovina









Japan (heightened vessel surveillance will be the only measure applied).


Australia - Target High Risk Goods

Goods that fall within the following tariff classifications have been categorised as target high risk goods and will require mandatory treatment for BMSB risk.

  • 36 - Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations
  • 44 - Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal
  • 45 - Cork and articles of cork
  • 57 - Carpets and other textile floor coverings
  • 68 - Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials
  • 69 - Ceramic products – including sub chapters I and II
  • 70 – Glass and glass ware
  • 72 - Iron and steel - including sub chapters I, II, III, IV
  • 73 - Articles of iron or steel
  • 74 - Copper and articles thereof
  • 75 - Nickel and articles thereof
  • 76 - Aluminium and articles thereof
  • 78 - Lead and articles thereof
  • 79 - Zinc and articles thereof
  • 80 - Tin and articles thereof
  • 81 - Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof
  • 82 - Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal
  • 83 - Miscellaneous articles of base metals
  • 84 - Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof
  • 85 - Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles
  • 86 - Railway or tramway locomotives, rolling-stock and parts thereof; railway or tramway track fixtures and fittings and parts thereof; mechanical (including electro-mechanical) traffic signalling equipment of all kinds
  • 87 - Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling-stock, and parts and accessories thereof
  • 88 - Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof
  • 89 - Ships, boats and floating structures
  • 93 - Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof

Australia - Target Risk Goods

Goods that fall within the following tariff classifications have been categorised as target risk goods and will not require mandatory treatment. Target risk goods will however will be subject to increased onshore intervention through random inspection. 

  • 25 - Salt; sulphur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement
  • 26 - Ores, slag and ash
  • 27 - Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes
  • 28 - Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals, of radioactive elements or of isotopes - including sub chapters I, II, III, IV and V
  • 29 - Organic chemicals - including sub chapters I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XII and XIII
  • 31 - Fertilisers
  • 38 - Miscellaneous chemical products
  • 39 - Plastics and articles thereof - – including sub chapters I and II
  • 40 - Rubber and articles thereof
  • 46 - Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basket ware and wickerwork
  • 47 - Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; recovered (waste and scrap) paper or paperboard
  • 48 - Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard
  • 49 - Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans
  • 56 - Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns; twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof

New Zealand - Vehicle, machinery and parts

Target high risk goods of Vehicle, machinery and parts require offshore treatment when departing from all high risk Countries. Low risk goods do not need to be treated if they are newly manufactured and stored in doors. Offshore treatment is mandatory for all shipment types, LCL/FAK, FCL and breakbulk cargo. Treatment must be completed by an approved treatment provider. Any shipment that contains target high risk goods that has not been treated offshore by an approved treatment provider will be denied discharged and directed for export on arrival.

New Zealand - Sea containers from Italy

All sea containers from Italy require treatment with an MPI-Approved Treatment before arrival in New Zealand. This is regardless of the product in the container and applies to all commodities unless approved on the MPI sensitive goods list. Please contact your ACA representative to see if your cargo is on or could be added to this list.

ACA International will bring you up to date with any information surrounding the 2020-2021 measures as they come to hand.

If you have any questions surrounding the end of this season, please contact your ACA representative.