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75-2016 - Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Season 2016-17

​10 August 2016

Who does this notice affect?

This notice is of interest to clients in the import and shipping industries, including importers and customs brokers associated with the importation of targeted break bulk and containerised vehicles, boats, machinery and machinery parts shipped from the United States from
1 September 2016 to 30 April 2017 inclusive.

What has changed?

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has developed proposed measures to manage the 2016-17 seasonal risk of brown marmorated stink bug infestations in sea cargo shipped from the United States. The 2016-17 measures are largely the same as the 2015-16 measures, with season dates, treatments, and requirements for management of target goods unchanged.

There are some changes to the targeted goods. This is based on detections made and information gathered from surveillance conducted during the 2015-16 response. The 2016-17 target goods will:

  • include machinery parts shipped as break bulk (not containerised)
  • include machinery from additional tariffs
  • exclude lower risk goods such as small all-terrain vehicles, jet skis, canoes and buoys. AQIS Commodity codes will be created to assist with the exclusions of lower risk goods.

The final 2016-17 measures will remain in place for the entire season unless pest infestations are detected. Should this occur, the department may impose emergency requirements similar to those implemented during the 2014-15 season. The department is also monitoring the risk of brown marmorated stink bugs from other parts of the world and will develop measures if required.

Have your say

Industry and stakeholder views on the proposed changes are now being sought. Feedback would be appreciated by 16 August 2016 to allow for the measures to be adjusted as required in advance of the impending risk season. Please email Air and Sea Cargo with your comments.

The department will issue advice on the outcomes of the consultation process and final measures by 19 August.

Further information?

For further information on the 2016-17 measures, please see the Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs webpage or contact Air and Sea Cargo.

Also contact Air and Sea Cargo if you would like a copy of the draft Post Implementation Review of the 2015-16 measures.

Any changes to the 2016-17 measures will be published in industry advice notices and via social media. To receive advice of changes, go to Subscription centre to request an email when a new industry notice is issued, or go to the department’s twitter account, @DeptAgNews.