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As a result of increased interceptions of the Stink Bug pest in break bulk imports arriving in Australia and New Zealand, the Department of Agriculture has issued Notices to Industry (2/2015) advising of new emergency measures to be introduced from 23rd February 2015 for all break bulk vehicles (including boats), machinery, automotive parts, containerized machinery and tyres being shipped from the east coast ports of the United States.
The pest has caused major treatment difficulties and logistic issues in the management of this risk onshore in both countries.
The notice includes interim measures for consignments in transit from the ports of Savannah and Baltimore and updates Notices to Industry 125/2014 which advised of new requirements for break bulk cargo imported from the United States port of Savannah following significant interceptions of Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (Halyomorpha halys).
Both notices are available at https://www.agriculture.gov.au/biosecurity-trade/import.
The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) 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.
What has changed?
Tariff codes and descriptions for the high risk cargo that require pre-shipment treatment can be viewed in the following document Stink Bug – Affected Tariff Codes requiring Treatment
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