Step inside our BMSB treatment facility in Baltimore

Want to ensure you products arrive in Oceania stink bug-free? Explore the range of fumigation and heat treatment options available at our terminal in Baltimore.

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Our heat and fumigation facility at the Mid-Atlantic Terminal in Baltimore has been supporting customers in their efforts to deliver stink bug-free products since it opened in 2015.

As the scope of BMSB-regulations have expanded, so has our service offering. Given the high volume of Oceania-bound products passing through Baltimore, we’ve invested in a heat treatment facility that can accommodate 30 vehicles per treatment on a three-hour cycle. This means we can treat up to 120 cars a day, making it an ideal option for automotive OEMs shipping large volumes.

We also offer fumigation in our 33-ft high fumigation building, designed to accommodate even the most oversized cargo. With a full fumigation cycle taking up to 32 hours, including 20 hours of ventilation time, this method is best suited for larger breakbulk and rolling equipment.

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Brown marmorated stink bugs (BMSBs) are the cause of strict seasonal shipping regulations for exports to Oceania.

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It is the responsibility of the cargo owner or freight forwarder to ensure that cargo headed for Oceania is handed over for the ocean leg of the journey in a clean condition, free from stink bugs and other biosecurity hazards.

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WW Solutions are investing in a heat treatment facility as an alternative option. The process is just as effective as fumigation but takes significantly less time, making the new facility an ideal option for automotive OEMs.

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WW Solutions has long been a significant player in Baltimore, and their Mid-Atlantic Terminal currently occupies around one-third of the entire Dundalk Marine Terminal.

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The fumigation process at Baltimore is a prime example of the benefits of choosing a company with the global footprint of WW Solutions.

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The precise rules differ by country.

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WW Solutions' fumigation facility at the Mid-Atlantic Terminal in Baltimore has been meeting customer demand since it opened in 2015

Providing a process that works for high-volume business is crucial, explains Mid-Atlantic terminal manager Steve O’Malley, particularly because BMSB risks aren’t restricted to just agricultural machinery but can impact other machines as well as vehicles.

To streamline the treatment process, automatic electronic notifications detailing which cargo has been designated for fumigation and heat treatment enables the team at the terminal to plan schedules well in advance, and cope with these high volumes.

“With its close geographic proximity to the Midwest, Baltimore is the most economical location for OEMs to move products to and from their markets,” he adds. “Australia and New Zealand are some of the most important markets for customers, so we will continue to find solutions to help our customers meet these regulations.”

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