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Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Season

Stink Bug Season Begins 1st September

Stink Bug season officially begins on September 1st.

If you have incoming shipments from the USA between September 1st 2016 and 30 April 2017, this may affect your business. 

Please see a summary of the requirements below.

Break bulk

  • From 1 September 2016, all used goods in the target tariffs shipped as break bulk must be treated for potential stink bug infestations prior to shipment on or before 30 April 2017.
  • New goods in the target tariffs manufactured and/or stored between
    1 September 2016 and 1 December 2016 and shipped as break bulk on or before 30 April 2017 must undergo offshore treatment, unless subject to safeguarding arrangements approved by the department.
  • New goods in the target tariffs manufactured on or after 1 December 2016 and shipped as break bulk on or before 30 April 2017 require a consignment specific manufacturer’s new and used and not field tested (NUFT) declaration which includes the date and place of manufacture.
  • Goods that arrive untreated must be treated onshore on wharf or at an Approved Arrangement Site 1.1 if safe to move. Treatment must occur within 48 hours of discharge at the wharf of arrival. If this cannot be arranged, the goods will not be permitted discharge but may be shipped to another port where treatment facilities are available or may be exported..

Containerised

  • FCL/ FCX containerised goods in the target tariffs are subject to the same requirements as break bulk
    • for used goods shipped between 1 September 2016 and 30 April 2017
    • for new goods manufactured and/or stored between 1 September 2016 and 1 December 2016
    • for new goods manufactured on or after 1 December 2016.
  • As with last season, LCL containerised goods will not be targeted under these measures.
  • FCL/FCX containerised goods that arrive untreated will require mandatory treatment onshore. Containers will be permitted discharge to the wharf if the seals are intact, and moved to either an Approved Arrangement Site 1.1 or 1.3 (if fumigation facilities are available) for treatment.

Goods manufactured after 1 December

New goods in the target tariffs manufactured on or after 1 December 2016 and shipped on or before 30 April 2017 do not require offshore treatment if they have a consignment specific manufacturer’s new and used and not field tested (NUFT) declaration which includes the date and place of manufacture. A good is only considered to be manufactured after 1 December if all its large, complex components have also been manufactured after 1 December.

Season dates

The proposed season dates are the same as for the 2015-16 season. The measures apply to target goods shipped from all ports in the United States from 1 September to 30 April inclusive, and will remain in place for the entire season unless pest infestations are detected. Should this occur, the department may impose emergency requirements similar to those applied in the 2014-15 season.

Target goods

As per last season, new and used vehicles, vessels and machinery continue to be the primary target goods, with some changes. However, the targeted goods have been revised to ensure more of the large, complex goods that can harbour BMSB infestations are targeted, while lower risk goods are exempted. Some changes are a direct response to information derived from the 2015-16 response, while others are enabled by new systems functionality.

The 2016-17 target goods have been changed to:

  • include break bulk machinery parts
  • include machinery from additional tariffs
  • exclude lower risk goods such as small all-terrain vehicles, jet skis, canoes and buoys.

For detailed information on the requirements throughout this period, please click here.

BTi Logistics Melbourne has a Fumigation and Quarantine Wash Bay Facilities on site. Should you like more information on this service, please contact us on 1300 888 327 or via our Contact Us page.