Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) has received advice from the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment on the release of the changes to the Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) seasonal measures for the 2020-2021 season.


FTA have worked closely with the Department of Agriculture Cargo Consultative Committee (DCCC) members on both the review of the 2019/20 BMSB season and the new requirements for the 2020/21 season.


The 2020-21 BMSB season will be in effect for goods shipped from September 1, 2020 that arrive in Australian territory prior 31 May 2021(inclusive).


In order to provide clarity at season’s end, it is important to note that Goods must be treated if exported between 1 September 2020 and 30 April 2021 inclusive.


Whilst the measures remain consistent with the 2019-2020 BMSB risk season;  Portugal, Ukraine and Moldova have been added to the target risk countries list.


FTA are currently in the final stages of recording an information session by the Department on both the review and new season. This will be provided to members today - Friday, 12 June 2020.


Please note that we strongly advise members to view the 2020/2021 BMSB web page when it goes live to ensure your shipments will meet all requirements.


Sal Milici - Head of Border & Biosecurity  FTA / APSA