Services Updates


Dear Customer,

The Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has issued guidelines and instructions for the 2018/2019 high risk season (1st September 2018 to 30th April 2019) to prevent brown marmorated stink bug «BMSB» infestations.

These guidelines introduce higher inspection and certification requirements for target high-risk and risk cargoes from target high risk origin regions.

Any target high risk or target risk goods manufactured in, or shipped from these countries are subject to the BMSB seasonal measures.

Target high risk cargoes

Break bulk including vehicles, machinery and equipment

Bricks, tiles, ceramics, steel, stone, cement

Target risk countries

• United States

• Italy

• Germany

• France

• Russia

• Greece

• Hungary

• Romania

• Georgia

• Japan

Target risk cargoes

• Chemicals, minerals, fertilizers

• Wood pulp, printed matter, straw, cardboard, paper

• Plastics, wadding, tyres

*Indicative list only, Comprehensive details and updates on the BMSB webpage


a. Mandatory offshore treatment of all breakbulk, and open top or flat rack containers from high risk countries.

b. The option for containers to be treated on arrival in Australia has been confirmed (container level treatment only). Removal of cargo from container prior to treatment is not permitted.

c. Target risk goods will be subject to increased onshore random inspection and will be directed for onshore treatment if BMSB is detected.

d. Treatment regimens have now been confirmed: Methyl Bromide, Sulfuryl Fluoride and Heat Treatment

e. Some offshore treatment providers have been approved and a scheme is available for seeking further approvals.

Responsibility for accordance with regulations and required treatment for cargo subject to these measures remains the duty of customer.

All costs associated with any delays to ANL vessels as a result of noncompliance to fumigation regulations will be to the account of the customer.

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has recently included an additional page, «Preparing to import during the BMSB», to assist industry on the requirements to manage the seasonal measures prior to exporting goods to Australia.

The treatment rates have also been published on the main BMSB webpage.

Please visit for detailed information.

We thank you for your continued support. Should you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask your usual ANL representative.