Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs: Mandatory Requirements for Imports, 2019-20 Season

07 August 2019

The Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has released the latest requirements regarding mandatory pre-shipment fumigation for imports into Australia, to protect against Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs over the 2019/2020 high risk season.

These requirements are effective from loading on 1 September 2019 to arrival in Australian territory on 31 May 2020 (inclusive) and are also applicable for New Zealand.

The new seasonal measures will apply to goods that are manufactured in, or shipped from, these countries:

Any vessel that tranships or loads goods from these countries are also subject to heightened vessel surveillance.

It is preferable to perform fumigation at origin. Sealed, six hard-sided containers may be fumigated on arrival into Australia if necessary but for all open top, flat rack, and breakbulk consignments, fumigation must be performed before cargo arrives into Australia.


Please visit this webpage for more information and to familiarise yourself with the requirements. Consignees are responsible for ensuring their shipments are compliant with the regulations.


If you require fumigation services at origin or destination for Australian import, Maersk can arrange this on your behalf for most of the countries listed above to ensure your containers will meet the Australian government requirements.

We also offer a fumigation service at the transhipment ports of Singapore and Malaysia for an additional charge of 1,500 USD.

If you have any questions, please reach out to your local sales or customer service representative. We want to thank you for your business and look forward to continuously serving your global transportation needs.

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