Brown Marmorated Stink Bug update: new regulations for 2019/2020 season

21 June 2019

We would like to advise all our customers that Australian authorities have issued updated rules and regulations for import of cargo to Australia during the 2019/2020 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) season.

A full overview of details concerning these rules can be found on the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources website:

We encourage all customers to familiarise themselves with this season’s rules and take the opportunity to emphasise that the responsibility of quarantine compliance in Australia lies with the shipper. If you should have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your local Höegh Autoliners office for assistance.

The major change from last year is the scope of countries considered high-risk, which has increased to include the following countries:

The BMSB season will be from shipment date 1 September 2019 to arrival date Australia 31 May 2020

The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is native to East Asia but is now established in many parts of North America as well as in Europe and South America where they cause severe damage to fruit and vegetable crops. As a consequence, authorities in Australia and New Zealand have introduced bio-security enforcement measures to prevent the spreading of BMSB to Oceania. Höegh Autoliners takes its responsibilities extremely seriously to ensure that BMSB is not carried to Australia and New Zealand and appreciate all efforts taken by our customers to reduce risk related to this.