Meeting 2023-24 BMSB Seasonal Measures in Australia

August 21, 2023

The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry has finalised the 2023-24 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) seasonal measures.

BMSB seasonal measures will be applicable to targeted goods either manufactured in, or shipped from, designated risk countries. These goods must be dispatched between 1 September and 30 April (inclusive). Additionally, the measures extend to vessels that berth, load, or tranship from these risk countries within the same timeframe.

New BMSB Regulations

The United Kingdom and China have been identified as emerging risk countries for the forthcoming BMSB risk season. Goods from these nations may be selected for random onshore inspections.

The “shipped on board” date, as noted on the Ocean Bill of Lading, will be the determinant for when goods have been dispatched. The “Gate in” dates and times will not be considered as valid criteria for determining when goods have been shipped.

Harmonised Chapters 39, 94, and 95 are now under the purview of random inspections for those countries listed as emerging risks.

The 120-hour policy has undergone modifications for goods that have been rolled, subject to provided evidence.

Inspect (unpack) inspections will supersede the “Secure Seals intact” evaluations at Approved Arrangements.

Continued BMSB Regulations

Biosecurity protocols will maintain consistency with the measures from the 2022-23 BMSB risk season.

Designated risk countries will be subject to:

Augmented onshore interventions, including inspections for targeted risk goods.
Obligatory treatments and amplified onshore scrutiny through inspections for particularly high-risk goods.
Elevated treatment requisites. As an example, all treatments are mandated to be executed by endorsed treatment providers within the risk countries.
It’s imperative that these seasonal measures are stringently adhered to. This is not only vital for safeguarding Australia’s borders but also crucial in averting extensive delays and financial impositions. Non-compliant consignments may be redirected for offshore treatments or, where relevant, re-exported.

Seabridge’s customs brokers are adept at manoeuvring through the intricate landscape of BMSB regulations, assisting clientele in circumventing costly and protracted disruptions. For a more comprehensive understanding, please refer to the Biosecurity website or ring us on 1800 727 195.