Yet another vessel has been directed to leave Australia after the detection of brown marmorated stink bugs on board. So far this season, three vessels have been flagged by biosecurity and turned away from Australia after the bug was located on the ship. These discoveries have led to heightened vessel surveillance and various biosecurity measures being implemented as traces of the bug were also found in a Victorian warehouse.
The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources issued a notice last month reminding importers to ensure the appropriate treatment measures are undertaken prior to any cargo entering Australia. Untreated high risk cargo will not be permitted to discharge, or if discharged will be directed for immediate containment at the wharf, and may be exported within 48 hours.
Currently there are only three treatment options that the department consider sufficient to treat the risk of BMSB, so if you are importing goods into Australia from one of the target risk countries (link to full list below) be aware that if treatment is required, it will need to be performed at origin prior to export.
To view the DAWR notice head to http://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/industry-advice/2018/194-2018
To view the full list of target risk countries and high risk goods head to http://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/before/brown-marmorated-stink-bugs