BMSB Stink Bug Season for 2018-19 has begun. New seasonal measures will apply for goods shipped on or between 1 September 2018 and 30 April 2019 inclusive.


The measures for this season are DIFFERENT to last season, they are more comprehensive and additional counties and treatment requirements have bene added.


Details of the seasonal measures for the 2018-19 BSMB season are outlined on Dept. Agriculture website in detail.

Throughout the season they will continue to review the measures based on detections of BMSB and the risk pathways.


This year commodities are broken into HIGH RISK target goods and target risk goods.


Mandatory offshore treatment is required for all HIGH RISK target goods.


Please give us a call in regard to requirements specific to your commodity and chosen import pathway.



Target risk countries

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

Any vessel that tranships or loads goods from these countries are also subject to heightened vessel surveillance.

  • United States of America
  • Italy
  • Germany
  • France
  • Russia
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Romania
  • Georgia
  • Japan (heightened vessel surveillance will be the only measure applied).

Target high risk goods

Goods in this category require mandatory treatment for BMSB risk.

All tariffs under the following chapters are categorised as target high risk goods.

36 – Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 74 – Copper and articles thereof 84 – Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof
44 – Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 75 – Nickel and articles thereof 85 – Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles
45 – Cork and articles of cork 76 – Aluminium and articles thereof 86 – Railway or tramway locomotives, rolling-stock and parts thereof; railway or tramway track fixtures and fittings and parts thereof; mechanical (including electro-mechanical) traffic signalling equipment of all kinds
57 – Carpets and other textile floor coverings 78 – Lead and articles thereof 87 – Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling-stock, and parts and accessories thereof
68 – Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 79 – Zinc and articles thereof 88 – Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof
69 – Ceramic products – including sub chapters I and II 80 – Tin and articles thereof 89 – Ships, boats and floating structures
70 – Glass and glass ware 81 – Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 93 – Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof
72 – Iron and steel – including sub chapters I, II, III, IV 82 – Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal
73 – Articles of iron or steel 83 – Miscellaneous articles of base metals

Target risk goods

Goods in this category will be subject to increased onshore intervention through random inspection. If BMSB is detected the goods will be directed for onshore treatment.

All tariffs under the following chapters are categorised as target risk goods.

25 – Salt; sulphur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 31 – Fertilisers 47 – Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; recovered (waste and scrap) paper or paperboard
26 – Ores, slag and ash 38 – Miscellaneous chemical products 48 – Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard
27 – Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 39 – Plastics and articles thereof – – including sub chapters I and II 49 – Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans
28 – Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals, of radioactive elements or of isotopes – including sub chapters I, II, III, IV and V 40 – Rubber and articles thereof 56 – Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns; twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof
29 – Organic chemicals – including sub chapters I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XII and X111 46 – Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basket ware and wickerwork

All other goods

BMSB seasonal measures do not apply to goods not identified as ‘target high risk’ and ‘target risk’. However, these goods may be subject to the measures if they are part of a consignment that contains target high risk and target risk goods.