CMA CGM has informed customers that in response to the rapid expansion of brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) throughout Europe and North America, Australia and New Zealand authorities have issued guidelines and instructions for the 2019//2020 high risk season (September 1st, 2019 to April 30th, 2020) to prevent infestations.
It is the responsibility of the customer with cargo subject to these restrictions to meet treatment and certification/reporting requirements for their cargo, categorized as either target high risk or target risk goods, the company said.
Target high risk cargos:
Breakbulk including vehicles, machinery and equipment
Bricks, tiles, ceramics, steel, stone, cement
Target risk cargos:
Chemicals, minerals, fertilizers
Wood pulp, printed matter, straw, cardboard, paper
Plastics, wadding, tyres
The following countries below have been categorized as target risk:
Any target high risk or target risk goods manufactured in or shipped from the target risk countries will be subject to BMSB seasonal measures.
Any vessel that berths at, loads or transships from the target risk countries also subject to BMSB seasonal measures.
Emerging risk countries will be monitored throughout the season. Target high risk and risk goods from these countries may be subject to random onshore inspections to verify freedom from BMSB contamination.
Sea News, August 14