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Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Season Sees Introduction of Extra Requirements for Importing into Australia and New Zealand

Aug 27. 2019

In an effort to prevent the invasion of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug from spreading into Australia and New Zealand from other infested areas of the world, heightened measures have been put into place by the Australia Department of Agriculture and Biosecurity New Zealand.

Noted to be an invasive bug, the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug is a voracious pest of fruit, vegetables and other crops as well as being a nuisance pest of homes. Its presence has increased rapidly in Europe and North America and measures have to be taken to control the spread of these bugs as we enter the season in which their presence is most prolific.

The Australian Department of Agriculture and Biosecurity New Zealand have issued extra requirements to minimise the risk of infestation. The requirements relate to shipments which originate from one of the following 33 countries listed below and are to be shipped to Australia/ New Zealand on or after 1 September 2019 and due to arrive on or before 30 April 2020. It is strictly enforced that any shipments containing any vehicles, machinery or parts must be treated by a New Zealand and Australian government approved treatment provider at origin.

• Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan
• Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria
• Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic
• France
• Georgia, Germany, Greece
• Hungary
• Italy
• Japan
• Kosovo
• Liechtenstein, Luxembourg
• Macedonia, Montenegro
• Netherlands
• Romania, Russia
• Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland
• Turkey

Please note that any shipments that do not meet the requirements can be denied entry into the destination country.

Further information can be found here on the Australia Department of Agriculture site.

Our International Department can also advise on the shipping of household effects and vehicles to Australia and New Zealand and can be contacted on 01902 714555, sales@burkebros.co.uk or via a form on our website

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