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Conclusion of the 2021-22 Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) Risk Season

In relation to the Conclusion of the 2021-22 Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) Risk Season, we would like to advise that the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (the department) has recently issued Import Industry Advice Notice 71-2022.

What has changed?

On 1 May 2022, the 2021-22 BMSB season ended.

- Goods shipped or vessels departing from BMSB identified target risk countries on or after 1 May 2022, will no longer be subject to the BMSB seasonal measures including the Seasonal Pest Inspection (SPI) on arrival.

- Target high-risk goods manufactured in or shipped from target risk countries, that are shipped on board vessels between 1 September 2021 and 30 April 2022 are subject to BMSB measures on arrival, regardless of the arrival date.

- Importers are reminded that it is their responsibility to continue to ensure that any goods imported, are free of biosecurity risk material throughout the year, not just during periods of heightened seasonal measures.

The notice also states that "All vessel masters and agents are reminded of their obligation to continue to report all insect detections in pre-arrival reporting."

Master Consolidators

- Master consolidator declarations will be required to be lodged for containers subject to Seasonal Pest holds that have been shipped on board between 1 September 2021 and 30 April 2022.

- If your consignment has been shipped on board a vessel on or after 1 May 2022, a NIL RISK declaration is to be made.

Automatic Entry Processing for Commodities (AEPCOMM)

AEPCOMM can continue to be utilised to facilitate the clearance of goods that are subject to the BMSB seasonal measures.

For goods shipped after 1 May 2021 (outside of the BMSB seasonal measures), AEPCOMM is applicable in accordance with the Assessment Guide for Class 19.2 Accredited Persons and relevant BICON cases. Need help on using AEPCOMM? Email: AEP support or you may also contact Image International representative at


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