Fumigation requirements for Australia and New Zealand to control the brown marmorated stink bug

The Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and the Ministry of Primary Industries New Zealand have decided that sea freight shipments from certain product groups imported into Australia and New Zealand between September 1, 2018 and April 30, 2019 (date of departure) must be fumigated or heat-treated.

This regulation applies to shipments from the USA, Italy, Germany, France, Russia, Greece, Hungary, Romania and Georgia. For shipments from Japan, there will only be increased ship surveillance.

The brown marmorated stink bug is to be kept away from Australia and New Zealand, as it could severely impair agriculture there.

The cargo concerned must be pre-treated before loading ships leaving for Australia and New Zealand. The approved treatment options are heat treatment and sulfuryl fluoride. According to the authorities, the cargo owner is responsible for handling the cargo prior to transport and general compliance with these regulations.

The requirement applies to loads loaded in groupage as well as to full container loads and rolling loads.
If you have any questions about the applicability of the rule to any cargo you ship, please contact the relevant Australian and New Zealand authorities for clarification/decision.

Further information and the product groups concerned can be found under:


http://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/before/pests/brown-marmorated-stink-bugs

https://www.mpi.govt.nz/protection-and-response/responding/alerts/brown-marmorated-stink-bug/

 

Quelle: www.agriculture.gov.au, 09. August 2018

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