Stink Bug Pain Spreads to 32 Countries for 2019-20

Rapid expansion of the infestation of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) in Europe and North America has plagued global trade over the 2018-19 risk season, as many importers of wood and paper products have experienced.

In response, Australian authorities have announced the 2019-20 BMSB risk season will see 32 countries on the strengthened seasonal measures list, up from 10 for the current season. The BMSB risk season runs from 1st September to 30th April each year.

IndustryEdge’s detailed analysis of the measures (and their cost) for the 2018-19 season can be found here. [Please note: this is subscriber funded content and you are required to sign up for ‘Free Stuff’ before accessing a copy. Subscribers simply need to login, and if they cannot recall their password, reset it using the forgot password link]

The Department of Agriculture & Water Resources (DAWR) has distributed its proposed seasonal measures to deal with the BMSB for 2019-20. The handout can be found here.

Most significantly, target high-risk goods requiring mandatory offshore treatment that are imported without being treated or that are treated by an unapproved treatment provider, will be re-exported. That is a serious – and necessary – stepping up of the rigour being applied to protect Australia’s borders and bio-security.

However, to date, higher costs appear to have been absorbed by impacted importers, a situation that is likely to continue.

DAWR has been conducting information sessions the last few days, and more are being conducted. If you are interested in attending, click here.

The April 2019 editions of Pulp & Paper Edge and Wood Market Edge will supply updated data on the costs for the 2018-19 season and the anticipated costs to importers, end-users and the Australian economy of meeting the BMSB treatment requirements for the 2019-20 season.

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