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The Department of Agriculture has introduced further measures to manage the risk of Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs during the 2015-16 season.
The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug is not found in Australia but is an exotic pest of biosecurity concern to Australia’s agriculture industry. Juveniles and adults feed on and severely damage fruit and vegetable crops, and adults can enter vehicles, machinery, homes and factories in autumn months in large numbers looking for warm places to hide over winter.
The stink bugs can arrive in Australia on cargo and containers between September and April, coinciding with late autumn and winter in the Northern Hemisphere.
New and used vehicles, vessels and machinery shipped as break bulk or FCL from all ports in the United States from 1st September 2015 to 30th April 2016.
The new preventative measures are to remain in place for the entire season, unless pest infestations are detected. If this happens, the department may impose similar emergency requirements to the 2014/15 season.
Goods are treated using Sulfuryl Fluoride, Methyl Bromide or heat treatment.
As an alternative to the mandatory pre-shipment treatment requirements, Safeguarding Pest Risk Management Plans can be implemented by manufacturers in consultation with the department.
If you are importing Break Bulk or Full Container Load goods that are targeted by these measures, from the United States between 1st September 2015 and 30th April 2016 and have any questions, please feel free to contact the Clarke Global team on 9854 3000 or send us an email to email@example.com
For more detailed government information, please refer to https://www.agriculture.gov.au/bmsb
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