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Department of Agriculture Finalise 2020/2021 Seasonal Measures for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Further to our newsletter on 11 June 2020 (ACA News - 2020/2021 Seasonal Measures for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug), the Department of Agriculture have finalised the BMSB measures for the upcoming 2020/21 season.

The 2020-21 BMSB season will be in effect for goods shipped from September 1, 2020 that arrive in Australian territory prior 31 May 2021(inclusive).

In order to avoid any confusion that occurred, in some cases, at the end of the 19/20 season, it is important to note that Goods must be treated if exported between 1 September 2020 and 30 April 2021 inclusive.
 
In general the measures remain consistent with the 2019-2020 BMSB risk season other than the addition of Portugal, Ukraine, Moldova & Kazakhstan to the target risk countries list.

The review of the 2019/20 season showed that several containers arrived untreated and could not be treated at container level due to space / packing material issues. In this case the containers were directed to a Class 4.7 unpack facility.  A lot of these facilities became congested last season and delays were unavoidable.  To ensure that this congestion is minimised for the upcoming season the Department has asked all importers & their suppliers to familiarize themselves with the packaging guidelines

https://www.agriculture.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/bmsb-consignment-suitability.pdf

If you have any further questions about the upcoming BMSB season please do not hesitate to contact your ACA representative.