THIRD-party logistics provider C.H. Robinson says increased vigilance is essential in order to keep Australia free of brown marmorated stink bugs.

The stink bug season begins on 1 September and the fear is the voracious pest will do tremendous damage to Australian agriculture should it arrive on our shores.

C.H. Robinson vice president Andrew Coldrey said during the during the 2019-20 BMSB risk season, many goods imported from the northern hemisphere would need to be treated.

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“Many of the major importers are aware of the requirements, but we advise all importers including infrequent users of international cargo services, to seek professional assistance if they are unsure of their responsibilities when it comes to protecting against the potential BMSB infestation,” Mr Coldrey said.

“This increased vigilance comes at a cost in both time and charges.  

“Importers should be aware that delays at international entry points are being experienced already during the heightened inspections for the stink bug.”

Mr Coldrey said specified heat treatment and fumigation measures applied to certain goods manufactured in or shipped from target risk countries, and/or vessels that berthed at, loaded or trans-shipped from target risk countries from 1 September until May 31, 2020.

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