1024 - 02/15 - Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs in shipments from USA - Australia

The Australian Department of Agriculture has issued a Notice to Industry affecting shipments of break bulk and FCL containerised vehicles, machinery and automotive parts from USA. The notice deals with the emergency measures initiated in response to large numbers of interceptions of Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs in break bulk imports arriving in Australia and New Zealand.
Emergency Measures

All break bulk cargo and FCL containerised vehicles, machinery and automotive parts shipped from the United States are required to be:

• Treated prior to shipping;
• Accompanied by a certification of efficacy outlining the treatment completed; and
• Subject to on-arrival inspection as determined by the department.
The mandatory treatments apply to:

• All break bulk vehicles (including boats), machinery, and automotive parts within 72 hours prior to loading; and
• Containerised shipments of vehicles (including boats), machinery, automotive parts, and tyres within 21 days prior to shipment providing containers are immediately sealed and arrive in Australia “seals intact”.
Acceptable pre-shipment treatments include:

• Heat (60°C/140°F) for 30 minutes in the coldest location of the cargo;
• Methyl bromide (32g/m3@21-25°C for 24 hours, 40g/m3@16-20°C for 24 hours or 48g/m3@11-15°C for 24 hours);
• Sulfuryl fluoride (32g/m3@21-25°C for 24 hours, 40g/m3@16-20°C for 24 hours);
• Other pre-shipment treatments or management arrangements approved by the department.

The measures apply for all specified break bulk containerised shipments from US east coast ports and arriving in Australia from Monday, 23 February 2015.
For shipments from the rest of the US ports the measures apply for cargoes arriving in Australia from Monday, 9 March 2015.

Interim measures for consignments in transit

For consignments in transit from the ports of Savannah and Baltimore (without pre-shipment treatment certificates), the on-arrival measures outlined in industry notice 02-2015 will continue to apply.

These consignments will require assessment in situ on the vessel by biosecurity inspectors and will not be permitted discharge until the inspectors are confident that any residual risks posed by the stink bugs are managed. This includes transhipped and transhipping goods and any other cargo on the contaminated vessel due to the significant cross contamination risk with this pest.

Complex machinery that cannot be fully risk assessed on board contaminated vessels may not be permitted discharge.

Goods that are permitted to be discharged can only be landed on the wharf and must not be moved from that wharf until the biosecurity officer has released the goods from quarantine following inspection and any treatments required.


The department anticipates that these emergency measures will be in place until at least the end of April 2015.
The latest Notice to Industry 06/2015 can be found here.

Source of Information

George Radu
Thomas Miller (Americas)
San Francisco, USA

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