Customer Advisory : Fumigation Requirements for Export Shipments from the U.S. and Canada to Australia and New Zealand

(Florham Park, NJ) …The Australian Department of Agriculture and the New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries have issued revised measures and requirements regarding fumigation against the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB). The timeframe of the risk season, determined by the shipped on board date, as indicated on the ocean bill of lading is:

From U.S. and Canada to Australia – September 1, 2021 to April 30, 2022 (inclusive)

From U.S. and Canada to New Zealand – September 1, 2021 to April 30, 2022 (inclusive)

Please note that the fumigation is the responsibility of cargo interests. The requirement extends to cargo loaded in consolidated shipments and full container loads. Cargo in Open Top, Flat rack or break bulk must be fumigated at origin. Break bulk cargo and special equipment being transshipped or transiting through affected countries will in certain cases also require fumigation. Please be advised that both governments are on high alert concerning shipments from risk countries.

For more information please visit:

For more Australia-related information please visit the website of the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

For more New Zealand-related information please visit the website of the Ministry of Primary Industries

In case you may have questions regarding applicability of the rule to your specific cargo due for shipment, please contact the relevant Department of Agriculture in Australia or the Ministry for Primary Industries in New Zealand.

Please contact your Hamburg Süd representative with any questions that you may have.