Seasonal measures for Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB)


What's New

1 August 2022

  • Emerging risk countries - China and UK only

  • Chapters 39, 94 and 95 will be subject to random inspections for emerging risk countries

  • 120 hours policy been amended for goods that have been rolled (with evidence)

  • Inspect (unpack) Inspections instead of Secure Seals intact inspections at Approved Arrangements

Seasonal measures for Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB)

BMSB seasonal measures will apply to targeted goods manufactured in or shipped from target risk countries, that have been shipped between 1 September and 30 April (inclusive), and to vessels that berth, load, or tranship from target risk countries within the same period.

Note: The shipped on board date, as indicated on the Ocean Bill of lading, is the date used to determine when goods have been shipped. “Gate in” dates and times will not be accepted to determine when goods are shipped.

We continuously review the measures throughout the season and may make necessary adjustments based on detections of BMSB and changes in the risk pathways.


BMSB Measures for goods

  • If your goods are classed as target high risk, they will require mandatory treatment. If your goods are classed as target risk, they will be subject to random inspection.

  • If your goods are not found in either category, they are not subject to BMSB measures, however, will be subject to the measures if packed with target high risk or risk goods.

Goods shipped in iso-tanks and as bulk-in-holds of cargo vessels are not subject to the measures.


Treatment of target high risk goods

  • Target high risk goods treated in target risk countries must be treated by a registered offshore BMSB treatment provider approved under the Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers Scheme.

  • Treatments conducted by an unapproved treatment provider in a target risk country will be deemed as invalid.

  • Containerised goods will be directed for onshore treatment.

  • Break bulk will be directed for export.


Break bulk goods

  • Break bulk includes those goods shipped on flat racks and in open top containers.

  • All target high risk goods shipped as break bulk must be treated offshore prior to arrival into Australia.

  • Untreated break bulk will be directed for export.

  • Onshore treatment is not permitted.

  • FCL containers that have been modified, such as those used to house in-built power generators, etc. are no longer sealed six hard sided containers are considered to be break bulk cargo

  • Automated Entry Processing for Commodity (AEPCOMM) arrangements for BMSB is permitted for break bulk goods. See relevant BICON commodities for assessment and outcomes.


Containerised goods (FCL, FCX)

  • Containerised cargo arriving in sealed six hard sided containers with target high risk goods can be treated offshore, or onshore at the container level.

  • Refrigerated containers (operating and non-operating) and hard top sealed containers (ISO22U6/ISO22UP, ISO42U6/ISO42UP and ISO45U6/ISO45UP) are deemed to be the same as six hard sided sealed containers.

  • Onshore treatment of goods is to occur at the container level. Deconsolidation or removal of goods from the container will not be permitted prior to treatment.

  • Ensure containers are packed in a manner that will enable effective onshore treatment at the container level to avoid possible export of the container.

  • AEPCOMM arrangements for BMSB is permitted for containerised goods shipped as FCL (Full Container Load) and FCX (Full Container Consolidated). See relevant BICON commodities for assessment and outcomes.

  • To demonstrate goods were sealed inside a container prior to 1 September or after treatment, a BMSB sealing declaration must be provided with the lodgement. This document is required where:

  • Goods were containerised prior to 1 September, but shipped after this date, or

  • The bill of lading does not state the shipped-on board date, or

  • Goods were sealed inside the container within 120 hours of treatment occurring offshore (for treatments conducted prior to 1 December)

  • Sealing declarations must be completed and signed by either the exporter, freight forwarder, or shipping company at the port of origin.


Note: Container tracking information may be used as supplementary means of confirming shipped on board date. It cannot be used as the primary form of evidence. Container tracking information is insufficient for demonstrating when goods were sealed in a container.


Containerised goods shipped as Less than Container Load (LCL) consignments and Freight of all Kinds (FAK) containers


LCL and FAK containers with target high risk goods will be managed at the container level for BMSB risk prior to deconsolidation. Once BMSB risk has been managed, the consignments within these containers will be processed at the Full Import Declaration (FID) level for all other biosecurity intervention (if applicable).


See the Management of LCL/FAK containers web page for more details.


Known risk pathways and supply chains

  • Goods from known risk pathways and supply chains that have had previous detections of BMSB may be subject to BMSB intervention including treatment and/or inspections.

  • These risk pathways and supply chains will be reviewed throughout the season and adjusted to manage the risk of BMSB as required.


Treatment of BMSB goods in Australia and New Zealand


  • The BMSB Seasonal measures are for goods being imported into Australian territory, and managing the risk associated for all goods that come into Australian territory.

  • In conjunction with New Zealand MPI, New Zealand and Australia will not be conducting BMSB treatments for each other.

  • Goods bound for Australia cannot be treated for BMSB in New Zealand and vice versa. For example, if the goods have been exported from New Zealand for not meeting BMSB import conditions, they will not be permitted to be treated in Australia, and vice versa.

Target Risk Countries


The following countries below have been categorised as target risk:

  • Albania

  • Andorra

  • Armenia

  • Austria

  • Azerbaijan

  • Belgium

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Bulgaria

  • Canada

  • Croatia

  • Czechia

  • France

  • Japan (heightened vessel surveillance only).

  • Georgia

  • Germany

  • Greece

  • Hungary

  • Italy

  • Kazakhstan

  • Kosovo

  • Liechtenstein

  • Luxembourg

  • Montenegro

  • Moldova

  • Netherlands

  • Poland

  • Portugal

  • Republic of North Macedonia

  • Romania

  • Russia

  • Serbia

  • Slovakia

  • Slovenia

  • Spain

  • Switzerland

  • Turkey

  • Ukraine

  • United States of America

The following countries have been identified as emerging risk countries for the -BMSB risk season and may be selected for a random onshore inspection: United Kingdom and China

  • China – random inspections will apply to goods shipped between 1 September to 31 December (inclusive)

  • United Kingdom – random inspections will apply to goods shipped between 1 December to 30 April (inclusive)

  • In addition to the target high risk goods, chapters 39, 94 and 95 will be subject to random inspections for emerging risk countries only

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.

  • 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

Target risk goods

Goods that fall within the following tariff classifications have been categorised as target risk goods and are only subject to increased onshore intervention through random inspection. Mandatory treatment is not required.

  • 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 chapte