Target Risk Countries for the BMSB

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Maryana Serafinas


When engaged in international shipping Australia and New Zealand, the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) presents a significant risk, posing challenges to global trade and biosecurity. Understanding the intricacies of BMSB-related risks is critical for ensuring compliance with international regulations and maintaining the integrity of cargo. This guide covers the importance of cargo fumigation and the targeted measures required to effectively mitigate risks associated with the BMSB.

What is the Fumigation of Cargo?

Cargo fumigation, crucial in international shipping, involves using gaseous pesticides to eliminate pests like the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) from goods and containers. This process is essential for protecting ecosystems and meeting global biosecurity standards, becoming increasingly indispensable as regulations intensify to combat BMSB risks.

Why is Cargo Fumigation Necessary?

Cargo fumigation is necessary in international shipping for preventing the proliferation of pests and complying with regulations. It addresses the threat of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, ensuring cargo safety and protecting destination ecosystems. Fumigation helps shippers meet strict biosecurity standards, curbing the spread of invasive species like BMSB. Countries such as Australia and New Zealand have stringent requirements for cargo fumigation, often due to concerns about protecting their native ecosystems and agricultural sectors from non-native species. Compliance with international regulations like the IMO International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code and national laws underscores the necessity of fumigation for safe and compliant international shipping.

Season Measures - Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB)

Seasonal measures are essential in managing BMSB risks in international shipping, particularly during the high-risk months between September an April. During this period, strict regulations, including enhanced inspections and mandatory fumigation for cargo from high-risk countries, are implemented. These measures aim to prevent the infestation and spread of the BMSB by intercepting them before shipment or upon arrival.

Target Risk Countries for the BMSB

The identification of target risk countries for the BMSB is a critical component of global shipping and biosecurity. High-risk countries, such as the United States, Russia, Italy, Greece, and several others in Europe and Asia, have been identified as major habitats for BMSB. Shipments originating from these countries are subject to increased scrutiny and stringent fumigation protocols. This necessitates comprehensive pre-shipment treatments and inspections to ensure compliance with international biosecurity standards. The implication for shippers is clear: heightened vigilance and adherence to these protocols are necessary to prevent BMSB infestation and avoid delays or rejections at the destination ports.

Targeted Goods

Goods like agricultural products, machinery, vehicles, and equipment are particularly vulnerable to BMSB infestation, requiring strict fumigation and inspection. High-risk items such as used vehicles and large machinery, which provide hiding places for BMSB, along with textiles and building materials, are highly scrutinized to prevent BMSB spread in international trade.

Treatment Requirements

To manage BMSB risks, treatment requirements vary by cargo type. High-risk items like vehicles and machinery undergo thorough fumigation, often with Methyl Bromide, while agricultural products may need heat or cold treatments. General cargo typically receives surface spraying or space fumigation, all conducted by certified operators to meet international standards.

What are the Eligibility Criteria?

Eligibility for BMSB fumigation treatments depends on cargo origin, type, and destination biosecurity rules. High-risk country goods, especially vehicles, machinery, and agricultural products, require stringent protocols. Treatment types also vary with cargo’s packing method and condition (new vs. used), ensuring effective BMSB risk mitigation.

Additional Services Offered by Atlantic Project Cargo

At Atlantic Project Cargo, we specialize in overcoming the challenges associated with the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) in international shipping. Our services include ensuring EPA and DOT import compliance and providing meticulous export cargo fumigation to mitigate BMSB risks. We’re skilled in USDA equipment inspection, guaranteeing that your shipment adheres to all agricultural and biosecurity standards. Our expertise extends to customs brokerage, streamlining your international logistics and navigating complex biosecurity regulations.

Furthermore, Atlantic Project Cargo offers robust cargo insurance to protect your shipments regardless of their transit status, and customs brokerage services, where we handle TIB support, ISF filing expertise, and end-to-end handling on your behalf. Our comprehensive support also includes equipment loading and disassembly services, ensuring careful handling of your shipment.

At Atlantic Project Cargo, we’re your reliable partner for handling all customs and managing international heavy and oversized freights. You can reach out to our dedicated team at +1 (305) 224-1975 or email us at

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