Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Season is a challenging time in the shipping industry, with brown marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Season posing a significant risk to cargo and biosecurity in Australia and New Zealand. From September 1, 2023 to May 31, 2024, strict odor prevention measures are in place targeting high-risk and destination-risk goods manufactured in or shipped from destination risk countries.

If you are importing goods that meet the category subject to UNSB measures, you must have your goods processed on arrival (six-closed containers only) or present a BMSB Certificate of Treatment to customs authorities to show that the goods are present. treated at origin (required for open top containers or bulk cargo).

Why BMSB Certificate of Treatment?

Stink bugs are known to seriously damage plant species, fruits and vegetables. The purpose of the BMSB Certificate of Treatment is to indicate to the Australian Border Force that your cargo has been treated. Doomsday bugs are not commonly found in Australia, they tend to travel via ocean cargo, posing a biosecurity risk to importing countries. They do not threaten human health, but cause significant damage to agriculture.


Failure to consider the risk of odor and the requirement to present a BMSB Nature certificate means your goods must be handled by Australian authorities. Note that only sealed containers can be processed on arrival. If you are shipping open top containers or bulk cargo and the goods arrive unprocessed, your shipment will be rerouted for export. This can cause unnecessary costs and delays, and your products can be confiscated if they pose a biosecurity risk.

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