BMSB Season 2022-2023: What You Need To Know

As we are nearing the season of Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB), there are key regulatory measures that will be implemented by Australian Quarantine to protect and reduce the risk of destructive pests coming into contact with agricultural land containing vital crops.

Identified Emerging Risk Countries: China, UK

Season Period: 1 September 2022 until 30 April 2023

Goods Categories:

Goods classed as high target risk: For Mandatory treatment

Goods classed as target risk: Subject to Random Inspection

Goods not found in either category: Subject to measures if packed with target high risk or risk goods

Goods shipped in iso-tanks & as bulk-in-holds: Not subject to measures

Treatment of High Risk Goods must be conducted by a registered offshore BMSB treatment provider for the season. See more details here.

Additionally, here is some information on the treatment of goods:

  • New, Unused and not Field Tested (NUFT) goods
    • Certain goods that can meet all the following criteria will not be subject to mandatory BMSB treatment:
      • Have the goods been manufactured on or after 1 December? (manufacture must start from 1 December).
      • Are the goods classified under the following tariff chapters only: 82, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88 and 89?
      • Can evidence be provided in the form of a BMSB NUFT (new, unused and not field tested) manufacturers declaration that the goods are manufactured on or after 1 December?
  • Mandatory Offshore Treatment: If you have answered yes to the questions below, then your goods need to be treated offshore prior to arrival, otherwise, they will be denied discharge and directed for export on arrival.
    • Are the goods categorised as target high risk goods?
    • Are the goods shipped as break bulk, in open top containers, or on flat rack containers?
    • Will the goods be shipped between 1 September and 30 April (inclusive)?
  • IMPORTANT REMINDER: BMSB seasonal measures will apply to targeted goods manufactured in or shipped from target risk countries, that have been shipped between 1 September and 30 April (inclusive), and to vessels that berth, load, or tranship from target risk countries within the same period

Target Risk Countries

The following countries below have been categorised as target risk:

For businesses who might be affected by the seasonal measures, it would be beneficial to be aware and address these policies to ensure that your shipment will still arrive in a timely manner.

The McHugh and Eastwood team are continuously monitoring and studying the policies to better serve our clients. For more information and expert advice, please get in touch with McHugh and Eastwood’s Customer Service Team at

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