Tuesday 20th Nov, 2018

Stink bug season looms, DAWR prepares

Photo: DAWR
Photo: DAWR

THE stink bug season isn’t yet here, but the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has released a set of seasonal measures to go into effect for goods shipped from certain countries that are shipped between 1 September and 30 April 2019.

Draft measures DAWR has proposed to tackle the brown marmorated stink bug problem include heightened surveillance on all ro-ro and general cargo vessels with pre-arrival reporting, in addition to heightened surveillance to identify high-risk vessels to be directed for inspection or treatment.

Also included in the draft measures are mandatory offshore treatment of high-risk goods; increased onshore intervention for target-risk goods; and export or destruction of target high-risk goods requiring mandatory offshore treatment and arriving untreated (unless exceptional circumstances are granted).

Target high-risk goods include breakbulk (including vehicles), bricks, tiles, ceramics, steel, stone, cement and goods likely to be stored in a way that provides access for BMSB to overwinter.

Target risk good include chemicals, salt, minerals, fertilisers, plastics, wadding, tyres, wood pulp, printed matter, straw, paper and cardboard.

DAWR’s target risk countries for the upcoming stink bug season include the US, Italy, Germany, France, Russia, Greece, Hungary, Romania, Georgia and Japan (for heightened vessel surveillance only).

Further information can be found on the DAWR website.

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