Stink bugs: Everything you need to know
Everything you need to know about BMSB regulations and what manufacturers, exporters and importers need to do to make sure products are pest-free.
A threat to Oceanian biosecurity
The proliferation of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) is a growing international concern. Native to East Asia, the bug has now migrated to the US, Canada and Europe, where its ruin of crop harvests has had significant economic impact.
Measures are being taken to prevent the BMSB entering Australia and New Zealand, where its impact on the ecosystem would be catastrophic. All products travelling to Australia and New Zealand during stink bug season (departing from 1 September 2019 and arriving in Australian territory by 31 May 2020 (inclusive)), must undergo either a heat treatment or a stringent fumigation process using Sulfuryl Fluoride. These measures eradicate any BMSBs hidden in cargo.
Regulation stipulates that the cargo owner must ensure products are treated. Ensuring compliance with biosecurity regulation is the responsibility of the importer, whilst presenting clean cargo at the port of load is the responsibility of the shipper or exporter.
WW Ocean is committed to ensuring compliance with all biosecurity regulations. That means that we only accept products certified as treated in line with the relevant regulations.
Cargo booked and affected by pre-treatment requirements, but not presented for loading with a valid treatment certificate will not be accepted and costs will be charged to the shipper.