The Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) of New Zealand have announced regulations for the upcoming Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) season.
The seasonal measures apply togoods shipped between September 1, 2018 and April 30, 2019.
In a customer announcement, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean (WW Ocean) advised that cargo being shipped from certain countries will require pre-treatment prior to loading on vessels destined for Australia and New Zealand.
According to the authorities, the shipper/cargo owner is responsible for ensuring that cargo destined for Australia and New Zealand is compliant with these requirements.
WW Ocean says, as a carrier, it is obligated to ask for treatment certificates for shipments to Australia and New Zealand prior to avessel’s departure. Any cargo falling under the measures without providing certificate will not be accepted for shipment, adds WW Ocean.
For more information about the countries affected by the new requirements, click here.