DAWR has written the attached letter to AFIF to advise our members that the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug are now establishing in Europe.   

DAWR has sent the attached Notice to all shipping lines advising of this development and provides some preventative measures that the shipping lines can implement to help prevent the bugs from arriving in Australia on vessels and cargo from European ports. 

DAWR are also preparing an Industry Advice Notice to inform importers and other interested parties of the preventative measures that shipping lines may be adopting, and the reasons why. We are hoping the notice will be published on the department’s website this week. 

If you have any questions about BMSB or the preventative measures, please email airandseacargo@agriculture.gov.au.

Jon Bicket

Senior Policy Officer
Compliance Division 
  |    Pathway Compliance Branch   |   Cargo and Mail Section
Ph +61 2 6272 4324  |  Mobile +61 413 521 462

Email jon.bicket@agriculture.gov.au    
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Department of Agriculture and Water Resources 
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