Seasonal measures for Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) 2022 – 2023

Effective 1st September 2022 – 30th April 2023

BMSB (Brown Marmorated Stink Bug) season is upon us and the Department of Agriculture have officially announced the seasonal measures for the 2022-2023 period.

Effective from “Shipped on Board” date 1st September through till 30th April 2023, cargo that is classified as target risk that is shipped from any target risk countries will be required to undertake mandatory treatment.

The following changes have been made to the measures for 2022-2023:

  • China – random inspections will apply to goods shipped between 1 September to 31 December.
  • United Kingdom – random inspections will apply to goods shipped between 1 December to 30 April.
  • In addition to the target high risk goods, chapters 94 and 95 will be subject to random inspections for emerging risk countries (FURNITURE & TOYS).
  • Belarus, Malta, Sweden, & Chile are no longer identified as emerging risk.

Below is a list of current target risk countries:

Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czechia, France, Japan, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Moldova, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Republic of North Macedonia, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United States of America.

We advise everyone to begin discussions with suppliers to ensure you are abiding by all the necessary requirements. At the end of this document is a list of target high risk commodities for your reference.

LCL Cargo:
LCL and FAK (Freight all kind) containers with target high risk goods will be managed at the container level for BMSB risk prior to deconsolidation. If you plan to move cargo via LCL that cannot be subject to heat treatment it is essential that the B&J team is aware so we can instruct the cargo is not loaded with other goods subject to those measures.

Important Notes:

  • Target high risk goods subject to mandatory offshore treatment that arrive untreated or treated by an unapproved treatment provider in a target risk country, will be directed for export on arrival.
  • Where target high risk goods are packed and sealed in a six hard sided container in a target risk country prior to 1 September 2022, a sealing declaration will be accepted by the department. The goods must be shipped on board within 21 days of sealing and a Sealing Declaration must be supplied.
  • Containers that trans-ship target risk countries, that are not opened during trans- shipment will not be subject to the BMSB measures.


Any goods that fall within the below tariff concessions have been categorized as target high risk commodities and will require mandatory BMSB treatment.

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

Below is a list of high-risk goods; these will not require mandatory treatment, however will be subject to increased onshore intervention through random inspection:

27– Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes
28 – Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals, of radioactive elements or of isotopes – including subchapters I, II, III, IV, and V
29 – Organic chemicals – including subchapters I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII ,IX, X, XII and XIII
38 – Miscellaneous chemical products
39 – plastics and articles thereof – including subchapters I and II
40 – Rubber and articles thereof
48 – Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp
49 – Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans.
56 – Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns; twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof

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