The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Challenge

Brown marmorated stink bug
March 4, 2019 7:49 pm

Australia and New Zealand has imposed strict controls on car and caravan imports to reduce the risk of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) contamination, which means there are new specific requirements that only Unsworth can ensure you meet.

The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) is an agricultural pest that is native to China, Japan, the Korean peninsula, and Taiwan and is renowned for the widespread damage it may cause to fruit and vegetable crops.Brown_marmorated_stink_bug

Accidentally introduced into the United States twenty years ago the BMSB is now also established in South America and Europe.

Detection in cargo from North America to Australia and New Zealand has been causing supply chain disruption and financial repercussions for shippers and carriers since 2014.

Unsworth’s fumigation process has NO effect on your car or caravan and is approved by Australia and New Zealand

In December 2018 and again in January 2019, Wallenius Wilhelmsen services to Oceania were severely disrupted, with several vessels being delayed and two turned away from Australian and New Zealand ports, following the detection of BMSBs on cargo.

While Brown Marmorated Stink Bug controls are well established from North America, the BMSB threat in Europe has increased in the last year, resulting in BMSB infestations in cargo that are not subject to compulsory treatment, in accordance with the directions of the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) and the Ministry for Public Industries (MPI) in New Zealand.

Ocean shipping has come under great scrutiny, as demonstrated by Wallenius Wilhelmsen, with authorities considering entire vessels to be impacted when a single shipment is contaminated.

To address this situation carriers are being advised by the Oceania authorities to refuse untreated cargo from countries that are not classified ‘high risk’ rather than risk cross-contamination.

It is anticipated that the UK will be added to this list any day.

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug treatments include fumigation, insecticides and heat application

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug treatment and certification

As issued by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

Relevant treatment methodology:

  • Methyl bromide fumigation methodology
  • Sulfuryl fluoride fumigation methodology
  • Heat treatment methodology

Authorised treatment providers, including Unsworth’s, have been assessed and added to the acceptable offshore BMSB treatment providers list on the department’s website and been allocated an Entity Identifier (AEI).

Treatment certification must be issued for each treatment with the treatment provider’s AEI clearly recorded on all certification issued.

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug treatment and UK shippers

Although the UK are not currently listed as a high risk country, cars and caravans are targeted as goods that have a higher risk of carrying the BMSB, and are required to meet specific Import Health Standards (IHS) from 1st December 2018.

Vehicles, machinery and equipment that do not comply with this IHS may be destroyed or reshipped to origin, if treatment is not possible before entry.

This means that cars and caravans being exported from the UK to Australia and New Zealand need to be treated and treatment certified* by an MPI and DAWR accredited expert.

Unsworth’s MPI/DAWR approved process is designed to fulfil all fumigation requirements, without any effect on your car or caravan. Unlike other treatments, which can be toxic and damage upholstery.

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