Australia’s measures for the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) for the 2020-2021 Season

This is further to last year’s messages relating to Australia’s measures for the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) for the 2019-2020 BMSB season.  Australia has recently published an Industry Advice Notice announcing the renewal of these measures for the 2020 - 2021 BMSB season. The measures apply to goods shipped from September 1, 2020, and that arrive in Australian territory by May 31, 2021. The renewed measures remain essentially the same, with the major change for the 2020-21 BMSB season being the addition of four (4) countries to the target risk country list. These countries are Kazakhstan, Portugal, Moldova and Ukraine.

Australia’s Industry Advice Notice also alerts exporters that the Safeguarding Arrangement Scheme remains available for the 2020-21 BMSB Season. This scheme provides an alternate clearance pathway for goods imported as sea cargo during the BMSB risk season. To expand the accessibility of its Safeguarding Arrangements scheme, the import volumes required for eligibility are now a minimum import volume of 50 twenty foot equivalent units (TEUs) (i.e. 25 40ft containers).

The Canadian High Commission in Canberra will continue to liaise with Australia's Department of Agriculture to monitor the implementation of the renewed BMSB arrangements. The link to Australia’s Industry Advice Notice can be found here: