The Department of Agriculture have released new measures in response to the upcoming brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) season 2021/2022, with the measures to come into effect on the 1st September. These updated regulations are set to be in place until the 30th April 2022, and come with a hefty fee if not complied with!
Confused by these regulations? We break down everything you need to know for your upcoming shipments:
Why are there BMSB regulations?
To put it simply, the bug is a major threat to crop growers, as they can breed up huge populations, and feed on hundreds of hosts – including fruit trees and other important agricultural crops. The risk of importing BSMB increases between September to May, which is why updated regulations are released around this time each year.
What are the BSMB regulations?
All ‘high risk’ goods shipped from ‘target risk’ countries, are required to be treated by a registered off-shore treatment provider. It’s super important that your treatment provider is registered – if goods have been treated by an unregistered provider, the treatment will not be considered valid, and your goods will be subjected to on-shore treatment or directed for export.
What countries are affected by these BSMB regulations?
These measures apply to certain goods that have been in, or shipped from the following 37 countries, which now includes Poland.
United States of America
Japan (heightened vessel surveillance will be the only measure applied).
What goods are classified as high risk?
Goods that fall under the following tariff classifications require mandatory treatment for BMSB.
|36 – Explosives; pyrotechnic products||74 – Copper and articles thereof||83 – Miscellaneous articles of base metals|
|44 – Wood and articles of wood||75 – Nickel and articles thereof||84 – Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof|
|45 – Cork and articles of cork||76 – Aluminum and articles thereof||85 – Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof|
|57 – Carpets and other textile floor coverings||78 – Lead and articles thereof||86 – Railway or tramway locomotives, rolling-stock and parts thereof|
|68 – Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials||79 – Zinc and articles thereof||87 – Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling-stock, and parts and accessories thereof|
|69 – Ceramic products||80 – Tin and articles thereof||88 – Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof|
|70 – Glass and glass ware||81 – Other base metals; cermet’s||89 – Ships, boats and floating structures|
|72 – Iron and steel||82 – Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal||93 – Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof|
|73 – Articles of iron or steel|
How do I treat my shipment?
There are three approved treatment types, with set minimum standards for the application to be followed. The approved treatment types are as follows:
- Methyl Bromide
- Sulfuryl Fluoride
- Sulfuryl Fluoride – Using third-party system
For more information on treatment types and specific application requirements, click here.
What if the BSMB treatment is harmful to my shipment?
If your shipment falls into the above listed categories, but is unable to be treated due to its contents, then you’ll need a BMSB declaration. This may also require a co-sign by the destination customs broker.
What else do I need to know about these BMSB regulations?
- All impervious wrappings must be removed, opened or slashed prior to fumigation in order for the treatment to be effective.
- Any shipments being booked via Asian Gateways (Singapore/ Port Kelang / Hong Kong / Busan) requires the Shipper to disclose the country of manufacture before the booking can be accepted.
- Make sure you’re not mis-declaring! This can lead to major delays – and not only will you have to pay a fee, but also treatment costs, container detention costs and re-export and import costs.
So there you have it! As long as you follow these regulations, your shipment won’t be affected. For more specific information, including detailed information on treatment options, click here.