The Stink Bug Season is upon us again. From the 1st September 2016 through to the 30th April 2017, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources are implementing the following measures to manage the seasonal risk of brown marmorated stink bug infestations in break bulk and containerised sea cargo shipped from ALL ports in the United States. Target goods are as per last season, new and used vehicles, vessels and machinery.
The treatment conditions are:
- Sulfuryl fluoride – at least 48g/m3 for 6 hours or longer or at least 16g/m3 for 12 hours or longer both with an end point reading of 50% or more of the initial concentration and conducted at a temperature of 10 °C or higher. Please note this temperature is 5 °C lower than the methyl bromide conditions below.
- Methyl bromide – at least 16g/m3 for 12 hours or longer with an end point reading of 50% or more of the initial concentration and conducted at a temperature of 15 °C or higher. Please note this temperature is 5 °C higher than the sulfuryl fluoride conditions above.
- Heat – at 50 °C or greater for at least 20 minutes in the coldest location in the vehicle.
- 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..
- 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.
If you have any questions please contact our office