Market Letters


Are you shipping goods to Australia or New Zealand between now and May 31, 2021?

The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) is an invasive agriculture pest that has been readily causing damage to crops. To protect against this pest, mandatory fumigation is required for high risk goods shipped now through April 30, 2021 (New Zealand), or May 31, 2021 (Australia).

Fumigating at origin in the U.S. saves time and money for your customers in Australia and New Zealand. Ports in these countries are congested and have back logs for fumigation. These delays put U.S. imports at risk for additional demurrage and detention costs as containers have to wait for fumigation to complete prior to AU/NZ Customs clearance and delivery.

Did you know?

Laufer Group International provides an innovative transloading solution in Kansas City, MO, that includes fumigation services. Located next to the KCS Rail and five minutes from the CSX rail, this indoor winter facility has an 18-container capacity that uses Methyl Bromide to meet BMSB requirements. This can help you save time and money on your AU/NZ exports.

Please review the requirements below to prevent BMSB importation:

1. Key Measures

  • Mandatory offshore treatment of “target high-risk goods” shipped as break bulk, open top, flat rack, LCL, or FAK
  • Mandatory offshore/onshore treatment of “target high-risk goods” shipped as FCL or FCX
  • BMSB onshore intervention for “target risk goods” manufactured in or shipped from the “target risk countries”

2. Target Risk Countries

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Armenia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Croatia
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kosovo
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxembourg
  • Macedonia
  • Moldova
  • Montenegro
  • Netherlands
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United States

3. Target High-Risk Goods (Mandatory Treatment)

36  Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations
44  Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal
45  Cork and articles of cork
57  Carpets and other textile floor coverings
68  Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials
69  Ceramic products – including sub chapters I, II
70  Glass and glassware
72  Iron and steel – including sub chapters I, II, III, IV
73  Articles of iron or steel
74  Copper and articles thereof
75  Nickel and articles thereof
76  Aluminum and articles thereof
78  Lead and articles thereof
79  Zinc and articles thereof
80  Tin and articles thereof
81  Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof
82  Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks of base metal; parts thereof of base metal
83  Miscellaneous articles of base metals
84  Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof
85  Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles
86  Railway or tramway locomotives, rolling-stock and parts thereof; railway or tramway track fixtures and fittings and parts thereof; mechanical (including electro-mechanical) traffic signaling equipment of all kinds
87  Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling-stock, and parts and accessories thereof
88  Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof
89  Ships, boats and floating structures
93  Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof

4. Target Risk Goods (BMSB Intervention)

25  Salt; sulphur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement
26 Ores, slag and ash
27  Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes
28  Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals, of radioactive elements or of isotopes – including sub chapters I, II, III, IV, V
29  Organic chemicals – including sub chapters I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XII, XIII
31  Fertilizers
38  Miscellaneous chemical products
39  Plastics and articles thereof – including sub chapters I, II
40  Rubber and articles thereof
46  Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basket ware and wickerwork
47  Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; recovered (waste and scrap) paper or paperboard
48  Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard
49  Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans
56  Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns; twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof

5. Exempted Goods

All other goods that are not categorized as “target high risk” and “target risk goods.” However, goods may be subject to the measures if they are part of a container or consignment that contains target high risk or target risk goods.

6. Treatment Options

  • Heat Treatment
  • Methyl bromide
  • Sulfuryl fluoride

Need more information?

Kansas City
To learn more about our onsite fumigation facility, or to get assistance with an export to AU/NZ, contact our midwest team:

Laufer Group International Ltd.
7007 NE Parvin Road
Kansas City, MO 64117
Phone: 816-421-2233
Fax: 816-421-2426
Marc Van Gorp
National Export Business Development Manager