How will the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Quarantine Measures affect your imports?

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    Are you importing from : France, Italy, Germany, Russia, Greece, Hungary, Romania, Georgia, USA or Japan? The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Quarantine Measures might affect your imports.

    The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (Halyomorpha halys) is an exotic pest. It is not found in Australia and needs to be kept out as it could severely impact our agricultural industries.


    Juveniles and adults feed on, and can severely damage, fruit and vegetable crops rendering them unsellable or reducing production yields. Adult BMSB can also be a nuisance, entering vehicles, homes and factories for shelter over winter.


    BMSB is a high priority pest, which seeks out a place to hide over winter, often congregating in items where they are sheltered.  For this reason, they are well known to stow away in cargo coming out of the northern hemisphere between September and April each year, which coincides with late autumn and winter.

    Every year the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources reviews the import conditions in time for the brown marmorated stink bug season which begins in September and puts in place robust import conditions for goods arriving from risk countries.

    The Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources have just finalized the measures for the upcoming BMSB (Brown Marmorated Stink Bug) season, which will run from 1st September 18 to 30th April 2019.

    This will affect cargo originating from select “risk countries” in Europe, as well as the USA, and stipulates that all Risk Goods are adequately treated by approved treatment providers.

    An overview of the measures can be found here:

    Risks of untreated cargo arriving in Australia are severe, and include possible re-export, or even destruction of the cargo!

    We do feel that overseas shippers may not completely understand the importance of this, and the possible issues that could arise from non-compliance, and would strongly suggest for Australian importers to have this discussion with their overseas suppliers.

    Fracht Australia staff would be more than happy to assist you with any questions you may have, and guide you in ensuring compliance for your upcoming import shipments.

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