Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB)

​​​​The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is not found in Australia and needs to be kept out. It has the potential to severely impact our agriculture industries. Juveniles and adults feed on, and can severely damage, fruit and vegetable crops. It is also a nuisance pest as adults enter vehicles, homes and factories in large numbers in autumn months, looking for places to shelter over winter.

BMSB can arrive in Australia on cargo and containers shipped between September and April, coinciding with late autumn and winter in the Northern Hemisphere.

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (the department) has introduced seasonal measures to manage the risk of BMSB during the high risk season for these pests.

2018-19 BMSB season measures

To manage the risk posed by BMSB to Australia, the department will mandate additional measures during the 2018-19 BMSB risk season (goods shipped to Australia between 1 September 2018 and 30 April 2019 inclusive). These measures will require certain goods arriving from certain countries of risk to be treated or subject to increased intervention before arriving into Australian territory.

Details of BMSB seasonal measures, including the applicable goods and specific treatment rates, will be published on this webpage in the near future. Importantly, goods exempt from BMSB seasonal measures must continue to meet standard import conditions (as prescribed on BICON), and will not be subject to the BMSB-specific treatment assurance measures detailed below.

At this stage, the import requirements to manage BMSB risk will continue to apply to goods of Italian origin and break bulk goods from the USA during the 2018-19 BMSB risk season. Extension of import requirements to additional countries is currently under active consideration.

The department will soon commence information sessions in preparation for the 2018-19 BMSB season. These sessions will outline work underway on import requirements for next season, including possible extension to other countries. To obtain further details of these sessions please register your interest by contacting Air and Sea Cargo​.

Offshore treatments

In readiness for the 2018-2019 BMSB season, the department is finalising new treatment assurance measures.

To ensure that BMSB treatments conducted offshore are effective and consistent, the department is developing new treatment assurance measures for the 2018-19 season, including:

  • minimum standards for BMSB treatments and treatment providers
  • a list of approved treatment providers
  • processes to prevent the use of fraudulent certificates.

These requirements will apply to Italy and the United States in the first instance. Other countries are also being considered for increased requirements for BMSB treatment providers, and clients will be notified of any such changes shortly.

Minimum standards for offshore BMSB treatments and treatment providers

Currently, the approved treatments for BMSB are:

  • sulfuryl fluoride
  • methyl bromide
  • heat treatment.

The department has developed minimum requirements for performing each of these treatments, which are detailed in the department’s Sulfuryl Fluoride Fumigation Methodology, Methyl Bromide Fumigation Methodology, and Heat Treatment Methodology. These methodologies will be published on this web page in July 2018.

The department has also developed registration and compliance requirements for treatment providers conducting BMSB treatments.  These requirements are detailed in the department’s Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers Scheme, which will be published on this web page in July 2018.

Offshore BMSB treatment providers – Register your interest now

The department will require all treatment providers conducting BMSB treatments in Italy and the United States to be registered with the department on an approved list of offshore treatment providers. Only treatment providers who meet the department’s requirements will be eligible for registration. These requirements will be published on the department’s website in July 2018.

The department will only accept BMSB treatment certificates from treatment providers included on the approved list of offshore treatment providers during the 2018-19 BMSB season.

Offshore treatment providers who intend to become an approved treatment provider for conducting BMSB treatments will need to:

  1. Notify the department of their intent to register as soon as possible by submitting the below Notification of Intent via email to Air and Sea Cargo.

  2. Complete a more detailed application form, which will be available on the department’s website in July 2018. As part of this application, treatment providers will be required to provide a range of documentary evidence demonstrating their eligibility. Treatment providers who submit a Notification of Intent will be contacted by the department when the application form becomes available.


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​Clients are requested to advise offshore treatment providers that conducted BMSB treatments during the 2017-18 BMSB season to notify of their intent to register as an approved treatment provider. This will ensure all offshore treatment providers are aware of the impending changes and are given adequate opportunity to register with the department prior to the commencement of the 2018-19 BMSB season.

Fraudulent certificates

The department has developed a system to prevent the use of fraudulent certificates. Consignments that arrive in Australia with a fraudulent certificate, or with a certificate from a treatment provider that is not approved, will be identified and directed for onshore treatment, export or disposal in an approved manner.

BMSB treatment providers can contact the department at Air and Sea Cargo.​

Further information

For further information regarding BMSB measures, please contact Air and Sea Cargo.