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Container Fumigation | Australia

Seasonal Measures for BMSB

Container fumigation with SO2F2 - BMSB
Period of approval: September 01, 2020 - May 31, 2021 
Fumigation: as specified by the Australian authorities - maximum 120 hours prior to scheduled ship departure

Between September 1, 2020 and May 31, 2021, treatment is mandatory for certain product groups, which are exported to Australia by ocean freight. This treatment was mandated by the Australia Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) in August. As of the shipping date 01.09.2020 goods of the named product groups (see list below) have to be fumigated or be heat treated to prevent of spread of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB), which is dangerous for the Australian ecosystem.

At the same time, the Australia Government Department of Agriculture announced that the import of the product groups can be refused without the corresponding BMSB treatment certificat. The resulting costs for the return of the goods or official destruction by the Australian authorities will be charged to the goods.

Learn more about the topic of fumigation of containers, the specific know-how of Fr. Meyer’s Sohn and our exclusive fumigation capacities in the port of Hamburg under container fumigation at FMS.

Our services

  • Free delivered fumigation area
  • Handling gassing area/parking space rental
  • Gassing notification to the competent authorities
  • Sealing the transport unit
  • Temperature measurement
  • If the gassing temperature falls below 10 degrees - heat up the containers
  • Pre fumigation set up according to Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources import regulations according to Fumiguide
  • Measurement of fumigation concentration
  • Ventilation
  • Release certificate
  • Issue of a fumigation certificate per container
  • Notification of documents to Australia
  • Storage fee free time from day of delivery 4 days

Additional services:

  • Redirection within Hamburg
  • Storage of containers for a fee

If the ambient temperature falls below 10 degrees, the energy consumption is calculated separately (Heating up to 10 degrees on the gassing area with high-performance fans).

Regulatory requirements | Australia

The Australian authorities have relevant information at http://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/before/pests/brown-marmorated-stink-bugs, which we summarize below for you. 

A distinction is made between "Target high risk goods" and "Target risk goods".

While products from the “Target high risk goods” category are subject to an obligation to be treated in advance, goods from the “Target risk goods” category have the possibility of being examined by the authorities in the Australian receiving port. These are so-called 'random checks:

1. "Target risk countries"

The list of countries of origin in which the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug is suspected has been updated again compared to last year and for the first time a list of "emerging risk countroes" has been added. 

Target risk countries: 







Bosnia Herzogovina




Czech Republic

























Emerging risk countries

  • Chile
  • Denmark
  • Ireland
  • Kazakhstan
  • Poland
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom

In addition, all European countries as well as Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan, Argentina, South Africa and Uruguay are on a special observation list.

2. Goods types of the following tariff numbers (HS codes) are among the

„Target high risk goods“

36 – Explosives, pyrotechnics

74 – Copper

84 – Machinery

44 – Wood

75 – Nickel

85 – Electrical machinery

45 – Cork

76 – Aluminium

86 – Railway locos

57 – Carpets

78 – Lead

87 – Vehicles

68 – Stone, cement

79 – Zinc

88 – Aircraft

69 – Ceramics

80 – Tin

89 – ships

70 – Glass

81 – Base metals

93 – Arms, ammunition

72 – Steel, Iron

82 – Tools


73 – Steel articles

83 – Base metal


„Target risk goods“

25 – salt, minerals

31 – Fertilisers

47 – Wood pulp

26 – Ores, slag, ash

38 – Chemical Products

48 – Paper, cardboard

27 – Fuel oils

39 – Plastics

49 – Printed matter

28 – Inorganic chemicals

40 – Tyres, rubber

56 – Wadding, felt

29 – Organic chemicals

46 – Straw, basket ware


4. Treatment of "Target high risk goods" according to the type of loading

For FCL shipments by 20 'standard / 40' standard or 40 'HC container is one treatment of the goods possible both in Europe and in the Australian receiving port. Due to limited capacities in Australian ports and the associated high costs, the Australian authorities recommend that the goods be treated before exportation. Due to the possible long waiting times in Australia there is also a risk that the goods will be exported again.

If loading is carried out by open top container, flat rack container or break bulk treatment is always required before shipment. An afterthought Treatment in Australia is not possible. Between treatment and loading are not allowed are more than 120 hours. This also applies to loading bulk containers and LCL charge.

5. Treatment methods

Treatment methods differ from country to country and are not uniform. The following approvals exist between the EU and Australia.

  • Heat treatment
  • Fumigation with sulfuryl fluoride (sulfuryl fluoride fumigation)

A specialty here is the approval of the Australia Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR). Only companies certified by the DAWR and recognized, may carry out the treatment. Your Fr. Meyer’s Sohn contact person will be happy to advise you individually about the local fumigation options.

The short-term regulation imposed by the Australian authorities becomes one Adjust transport planning. If your goods are among the target high risk goods, the transport time can be significantly extended by the prescribed treatment time. The regulation will also have a negative impact on freight costs, since the the costs associated with the treatment are borne by the goods.

Please check carefully whether your goods fall into one of the two categories and inform your Australian customers accordingly about the possible delay along the transport and logistics chain.

As usual, we will ensure that the effects of this arrangement stay as low as possible for you and your customers.
Your personal FMS contact person will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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If you have any questions or would like to make use of our services then please get in touch with us at FORESTRY @ FMS

Nadine Kinscher-Masur

Corporate Head of Marketing at Fr. Meyer's Sohn


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