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Restrictions & Sanctions

Asian gypsy moth season strikes again

The Asian Gypsy Moth (AGM) season has struck again. It starts from late May to September which is considered the high risk AGM period.  So a vessel which has called at a port in the regulated AGM area during the specified risk period of the current or previous year will be considered a vessel of high AGM risk. These vessels are required to comply with the relevant AGM regulations ( for example, a so-called AGM approved certificate) issued by the regulating countries, namely, Australia, Canada, Chile, USA and New Zealand. 

Members are advised to refer to our AGM section for information and guidance. 

Pest Alert – Brown Marmorated Stink Bug – Vessels Beware!

Australian Brown marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSBs) requirements

BMSBs pose a high biosecurity risk to Australia. This is an invasive pest, native to Asia, and is highly capable of hitchhiking, highly mobile in nature and lack of effective lures. They can severely impact the Australian agricultural industries as well as a nuisance pest to homes, vehicles and factories, seeking shelter in these areas over the winter. They are more frequently found on goods arriving in Australia between September and April, coinciding with the late autumn and winter seasons in the northern hemisphere. 

Due to the high risks posed by BMSBs, the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) has introduced seasonal measures to manage these risks. These seasonal measures will apply between 1 September 2018 and 30 April 2019; both dates inclusive.


Heightened surveillance on all roll-on/roll-off (ro-ro) and general cargo vessels through additional pre-arrival reporting with a BMSB questionnaire and daily checks conducted by vessel masters.

Target risk countries 

Any target high risk or target risk goods manufactured in, or shipped from these countries are subject to the BMSB seasonal measures.  Any vessel that tranships or loads goods from these countries are also subject to heightened vessel surveillance:

  • United States of America
  • Italy
  • Germany
  • France
  • Russia
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Romania
  • Georgia
  • Japan (heightened vessel surveillance will be the only measure applied).

Target high risk or target risk goods 

Some goods manufactured in, or shipped from the target risk countries as sea cargo have been identified as target high risk or target risk goods. To view the list as well as how these goods should be subject to BMSB treatments, please click on this DAWR link here 

Throughout the season, the measures based on detections of BMSB and the risk pathways would be continuously reviewed.

New Zealand BMSB requirements

For BMST requirements in New Zealand, please to the Biosecurity New Zealand website

Chilean BMSB requirements

Servicio Agricola y Ganadero (SAG) Resolution No. 971/2018 (Spanish only)

Members operating ships to Australia, New Zealand and Chile are urged to familiarise themselves of the above BMSB requirements and compliance.


New Zealand Asian Gypsy Moth Regulations

Current AGM regulations effective 1 February 2018

MPI has issued new Craft risk management standard (CRMS) and its guidance for vessels where the new standard will apply with effect from 1 February 2018.

This new standard includes a new requirement for vessels that have been to risk areas in Table I during the risk period or flight season in the 12 months before entering New Zealand waters. 

For members' information, the CRMS sets out MPI’s minimum requirements so that operators and persons in charge of vessels can understand in what manner they can prevent the introduction of above waters risk goods and minimise entry and arrival delays and costs. The CRMS requires the operator, or person in charge, of any vessel that enters New Zealand to take all reasonable and practicable steps to make sure that the vessel is "free of regulated pests and substantially free of biosecurity contamination".

The CRMS guidance is a quick guide for these vessel operators or person in charge of vessels to enable vessels's entry into New Zealand and subsequent arrival at a port to meet New Zealand's biosecurity requirements within minimal expense and time.

From 1 February 2018:

  • these vessels will require a certificate of freedom from an inspection body recognised by MPI. See section on "Introduction to Asian Gypsy moth" for the list.
  • if they don't have a certificate of freedom, the vessel will be inspected for Asian gypsy moths by an recognised inspection body as per above.  

Table 1.  Risk Areas and Specified Risk Periods 

(Vessels have risk of AGM if, in the last 12 months, visited during corresponding risk period)

Country  Risk Area Specified Risk Period
Russian Far East South of 60o North and west of 147o longitude (excluding those ports on the Kamchatka Peninsula) 1 July to 30 September
China North of latitude of 31o 15' N 1 June to 30 September
Republic of Korea In all areas 1 June to 30 September
Japan -  Northern In prefectures of Hokkaido, Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima 1 July to 30 September
Japan - Western In prefectures of Akita, Yamagata, Niigata, Toyama, Ishikawa 25 June to 15 September
Japan - Eastern In prefectures of Fukui, Ibaraki, Chiba, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Shizuoka, Aichi, Mie 20 June to 20  August
Japan - Southern In prefectures of Wakayama, Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo, Tottori, Shimane, Okayama, Hiroshima, Yamaguchi, Kagawa, Tokushima, Ehime, Kochi, Fukuoka, Oita, Saga, Nagasaki, Miyazaki, Kumamoto, Kagoshima 1 June to 10 August
Japan - Far Southern In prefecture of Okinawa 25 May to 30 June

Restrictions & sanctions (New Zealand)

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Trading restrictions imposed against New Zealand

  • None

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