Seasonal Measures for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) 2018-2019

Written on the 20 August 2018

The Brown Marmorated Stink bug is not found in Australia and needs to be kept out to protect our agricultural industries.

Juveniles and adults feed on fruit and vegetable crops rendering them unsellable or reducing production yields, they can also invade vehicles, homes and factories looking for shelter over the winter.

They can arrive into Australia on cargo and containers shipped between September and April coinciding with late Autumn and Winter in the Northern Hemisphere.

In order to protect our shores all importers into Australia MUST comply with seasonal measures implemented by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR).

Measures include fumigation of containers prior to export, heightened vessel surveillance and inspections of import cargo.

Goods classified as 'High Risk" or "Risk" from the following countries will need to be treated in accordance with the measures supplied by DAWR

Please see for a list of High Risk & Risk Cargo.

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.

Currently the measures only apply to sea cargo. If DAWR suspects risk for air cargo, measures will be set in place as required to reduce the threat.

These measures are effective from the following Risk Countries on or between 1st September 2018 and 30th April 2019.

  • United States of America (USA)
  • Italy
  • Germany
  • France
  • Russia
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Romania
  • Georgia
  • Japan (Heightened Vessel Surveillance will be the only measure applied)
Treatments will be required to be done prior to export from the originating countries.

For more information on the Seasonal measures for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) season, please follow this link