Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs – Exports to Australia and New Zealand

It’s that time of the year again when Australia and New Zealand implement seasonal measures to control the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) invasion. Australia and New Zealand have strict seasonal Biosecurity controls to minimize the risk of Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs entering the country.

BMSB seasonal measures will apply to targeted goods manufactured in or shipped from target risk countries between September 1st, 2022, and April 30th, 2023 (inclusive) and to vessels that berth, load, or transship from target risk countries within the same period.

The target risk countries are the U.S.A., Canada, Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Japan (heightened vessel surveillance only), Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Romania, Spain, Turkey, and Ukraine.

Failure to treat before departure at origin can result in cargo being denied a discharge and redirected for export.

There are three approved treatment methods for BMSB:

  • Heat Treatment
  • Methyl Bromide
  • Sulfuryl Fluoride

A BMSB must conduct treatment approved offshore treatment provider. Details can be found at List of offshore BMSB treatment providers - DAFF ( (this is applicable for both AU and NZ.)

This is an excerpt from the Expeditors article, Stink Bug Season is Here: Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Risk