Between 1 October and 31 March, border staff made 34 interceptions across a range of imported goods and pathways, including vehicles, sawn timber and personal effects.
All of these intercepts were from the United States.
13 of the 34 bugs were alive when located.
MPI are considering trialling the use of detector dog [sic] for finding stink bugs should any make it past initial MPI’s border defences.
It is a given the new requirement for some vehicles and machinery from the United States to be treated prior to shipment will continue given the scale of the issue.
It is also inevitable consignments of household goods sent from the USA could now be devanned or unsealed only at transitional, MPI-approved facilities.
In the short/medium term fumigation of ‘high risk’ goods prior to shipment from the U.S will remain in place.