BMSB risk season 2022-23 | What’s new?

Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB)

On Tuesday 23 August last, EWS Group attended an online information session in anticipation of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) risk season 2022-23. It was organized by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry of Australia and the Ministry for Primary Industries of New Zealand, the departments that are responsible for keeping BMSB out of their respective countries.

BMSB, what is it again?

BMSB is short for brown marmorated stink bug and is an agricultural, horticultural and social pest. This hitchhiker pest originates from Asia and has spread throughout North America and Europe in recent years. It can be found seeking shelter from cold weather in crevices or protected areas of shipping containers, vehicles, boats, caravans, machinery and personal stored items.

The risk of it arriving on cargo and containers in Australia and New Zealand is particularly high between September and April, coinciding with late autumn and winter in the northern hemisphere. The responsible government bodies of Australia and New Zealand require BMSB treatment of certain goods in order to minimize the risk of it becoming a major biosecurity concern.

BSMB treatment

BMSB is an agricultural pest

BMSB treatment needs to be conducted on target high risk goods manufactured in or shipped from target risk countries, exported from 1st September 2022 up to arrival in Australia and New Zealand on or before 30ieth April 2023, and to vessels that berth, load, or tranship from target risk countries within the same period. Approved treatment options include heat treatment and fumigation.

BMSB treatment providers

The information session was attended by treatment providers, both new and renewing, approved to conduct treatments against BMSB under the Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers Scheme. The respective departments informed attendees about the updated measures for the upcoming season and emphasized the key role the industry plays in helping to keep Australia and New Zealand free from BMSB. The measures taken in the past years have proven to be successful.

Updated seasonal measures

Now, in order to maintain successful results, Australia and New Zealand continuously review the measures throughout the season and may make necessary adjustments based on detections of BMSB and changes in the risk pathways. Currently, new seasonal measures for BMSB risk season 2022-23 include the following.

Heat treatment
  • Emerging risk countries – China and UK only
  • Chapters 39, 94 and 95 will be subject to random inspections for emerging risk countries

A full update can be found under this leading link.


The session was concluded with a big thank you to the industry. It requires teamwork to keep the BMSB out of Australia and New Zealand. And that’s exactly what we offer you: teamwork! EWS Group is an approved BMSB treatment provider for both heat treatment and fumigation with a vast experience in the two fields. We would gladly team up with you to make sure your questions about shipment to Australia and New Zealand during BMSB risk season are answered and that you are provided with the right treatment and certificates complying with the requirements as set out in the scheme, allowing for carefree shipment.

Any questions?

Should you have any questions or seek technical advice, please do not hesitate to contact our BMSB expert Dennis van der Leeden.

Approved BMSB treatment provider

Office: +31 85 04 98 522
Mobile: +31 6 829 77 111

We look forward to working together with you!

Lineas and EWS Group double fumigation capacity in Port of Antwerp

Antwerp, 15 October 2020 – EWS Group, that specializes in fumigation and gas measurement, together with Lineas, the largest private rail freight operator in Europe, will double the fumigation capacity at the Main Hub in Antwerp. This enables them to meet the strongly increased demand for lumber transport from Europe to China. Every week more than 3.000 containers of wood pass through the Main Hub, double of last year’s 1.000 – 1.500 containers per week.

Hundreds of thousands of containers lumber leave Europe for China every year, where it is processed into chipboard and furniture. This wood comes from German production forests, that have recently become infested with the bark beetle, increasing the speed at which the trees need to be cut.

The wood travels by rail or truck to the Port of Antwerp. The fumigation process then neutralizes the beetles. Fumigation, also known as the quarantine treatment, is mandatory for wood to be transported to China.

After a treatment of 24 hours, the containers can continue their journey. Thanks to a railway connection with the fumigation zone, the containers are brought straight to the deep-sea quays on Lineas’ so-called LORO and RORO trains. They run several times a day to the deep-sea quays on the Port of Antwerp’s Left Bank and Right Bank.

Due to the increased demand from China, Lineas and EWS Group have doubled their capacity on the Main Hub. The cooperation started in 2017 with two zones for twenty 40ft containers. The terminal will now be extended to four zones for twenty 40ft containers.

About EWS Group

EWS Group is the specialist and innovative partner for all forms of pest control, fumigation, gas measurements, ventilation and bio treatment of goods in storage.

The headquarters of EWS Group is located in Werkendam, the Netherlands. In addition to the headquarters in the Netherlands, EWS has several European branches in Belgium, France, Austria, Italy, England, Spain and Germany.

The mission of EWS Group is to remove the customer’s concerns about bioinfections and hygiene risks. Our vision is to realize, together with our employees, a leading position in the industry through cooperation, innovations and transparent agreements with clients. EWS Group takes into account the effects of our business operations on people, environment and society.

About Lineas

Lineas is the largest private rail freight operator in Europe with its headquarters in Belgium and branches in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and Spain. 

The company’s mission is to provide rail products and services of such quality that customers shift the transportation of their goods from road to rail in order to improve their supply chain and reduce the negative impact of their operations on climate, mobility and air quality.

Lineas’ main product is the Green Xpress Network, which provides fast and reliable rail connections between Belgium and major European hubs on a daily basis. It bundles different types of freight into a single train. The GXN offer was launched in 2014 and already has 20 connections.

Lineas employs more than 2,100 people and has a fleet of more than 250 locomotives and 7,000 wagons. The company’s shareholders are the independent private equity group Argos Wityu together with the management of Lineas (90%) and NMBS (10%).

EWS expands capacity for the upcoming BMSB season

The “brown marmorated stink bug” or BMSB, the insect from Asia – but now also standing in the most parts of Europe – causes great damage to various crops.

Australia and New Zealand have imposed strict requirements against BMSB for container goods imported from September 1, 2020 through May 31, 2021.

These goods must be treated by fumigation or Heat Treatment.

Australia and New Zealand adjust the measures to be taken each year, but EWS has already prepared for a major capacity increase pending the coming season.

EWS has set up locations in several European countries and ports where treatments can take place.

Thinking of handling breakbulk, cars, containers and general cargo. EWS Group offers the solution for every object and / or volume!

Learn more about our BMSB treatments solutions.

Bark beetle damages woords

The bark beetle is causing much damage to the woods. Contaminated trees are dangerous and that’s why they have to be cut down and disposed of. The cut down wood can definitely be used afterwards, but of course, is has to be free of insects. For this, the wood must be treated. After treatment, an official certificate has to be issued in order to export the wood. The treatment can be carried out by means of fumigation and has to be carried out by a specialist. The Fumigation division of EWS Group executes these treatments, issues the right certificate and can unburden the client by organising transport to the right export terminal. We do this from one of our specially structured locations in The Netherlands. For more information, you can visit our website, or contact us.

Two new fumigation supervisors for EWS Group!

After three successful theoretic exams, Marlon and Paul officially are Fumigation Supervisor. With subjects like biology, knowledge of legislation, environment, import and export requirements, it was a challenging route with a fantastic reward. Of course this was a good reason for some flowers from EWS. On the picture from left to right: Randolph van der Veen (Examiner CPMV), Marlon, Wouter Edelman (Operations Manager Fumigation) and Paul.

Guys: you worked hard for it, congratulations and on to many successful and safe treatments under your supervision!

Mannen: jullie hebben er hard voor gewerkt, van harte gefeliciteerd en op naar vele succesvolle en veilige behandelingen onder jullie leiding!

BMSB export measures; how can we help you?

EWS Fumigation visited the Europort 2019 fair in AHOY Rotterdam to advise companies exporting to Australia or New Zealand regarding the export rules. Risk goods (for example machinery, cars etc.) have to be treated against the BMSB (Brown Marmorated Stink Bug) before they are exported. Supporting and promoting Dutch companies, including the port of Rotterdam, is a big part of EWS Group. Would you like to know how we can be of service with regard to the BMSB? Go to BMSB treatment or contact us!

Another new fumigation area for EWS Fumigation

After a successful launch of the new fumigation area at Koninklijke van der Wees group in Dordrecht, another one has been opened at the CTU Terminal in Tiel.  Wouter Edelman, Operations Manager Fumigation EWS Group (left on the photo) en Gerwin van Dommelen, Terminalmanager CTU Tiel (right on the photo) sealed this exclusive partnership onsite. With this new fumigation area, EWS Group further expands in order to keep up with the increasing demand for successful quarantine treatments of export containers. Examples of this are the treatment of wood logs designated for China and the BMSB treatment of export containers to Australia and New Zealand.

EWS Group opens new fumigation area in Dordrecht

More and more quarantine treatments are requested to get rid of unwanted insects. In order to process all container treatments in time, multiple fumigation areas are necessary. On October the 17th, EWS Fumigation yet again opened a fumigation area. At the site of the Koninklijke van der Wees group, fumigations in sea containers are executed regularly. Examples of this are the treatment of wood logs designated for China and the BMSB treatment of export containers to Australia and New Zealand. The partnership is completed by our logistic partner HTS Group. They will make sure that the containers are shipped to the export terminals. The starting signal was given by Fumigation Supervisor Roy van Hattum (EWS Group / left on the photo), Operations Manager Fumigation Wouter Edelman (EWS Group / in the middle on the photo) and Coordinator Logistics Marcel de Jong (van der Wees group / right on the photo).

A day with… the Fumigation guys!

On a sunny day in August, it is time to spend a day with the guys from our Fumigation division! Roy, Paul and Michiel are the fumigation staff in the field in The Netherlands. Roy is Fumigation Supervisor, which means that he has final responsibility for every fumigation. Paul and Michiel both are Fumigation Technicians, they have the expertise to prepare and assist every fumigation. It’s 8:30 am and the day has started.

We kick off the day with a cup of coffee at the office in Werkendam and then we are getting the car ready for takeoff. Today, we are visiting two locations. First we are going to Nijmegen. Here we will measure a container for gas and seal it if it is free of gas. Next, we are going to fumigate another container with Vikane® against wood harming insects. After that is done we will go to Alblasserdam where we will check up on a low oxygen CO2 fumigation and fumigate 20 containers with wood logs. We do this with Profume®. Paul and Roy load the car with the gas bottles, put the ADR sign on the car and off we go!

Image 1: loading the car with Vikane® and Profume®

The drive to Nijmegen takes about an hour. We can see the container terminal from the road and we arrive a few minutes later. When we arrive at our fumigation area, Roy and Paul check if a container is free of gas and when they establish that it is, they seal the container.

Image 2: sealed container

After sealing this container, we go on to the next one. The cargo in this container has to be fumigated against wood harming insects, we do this with Vikane®. First, Paul tapes all the ventilation grids, so that the gas can’t get out, and he attaches a warning sign to the container. Next, the guys put on their fumigation gear (respiratory air, gas mask) and start fumigating the container. First they put the pipes from the gas bottle through the rubbers of the container doors. They lift the bottle on a scale. Now they let the gas escape into the container and on the scale they can see when they have to close the bottle and the fumigation is done.

Image 3: Paul tapes the ventilation grids                                Image 4: the container is fumigated

The container is now under gas and the fumigation is carried out. The guys pack their stuff and we are off to Alblasserdam. This time it’s a drive of an hour and a half. In Alblasserdam we have a big fumigation area. Over here, we mainly fumigate wood logs that are designated for China. This is done with Profume®. Today, 20 containers have to be treated. But first Roy will perform a check up on a low oxygen CO2 treatment that is already being carried out. A low oxygen treatment is an organic fumigation. This means that no toxic substances are used for this. In this case, an airtight liner is placed in the container, which is filled with the CO2. The container doors can’t fully close but this is not necessary.

Image 5: our ‘office’ in Alblasserdam                                      Image 6: low oxygen CO2 treatment

After the check (everything was OK), the guys are going to fumigate the 20 containers. Here we meet Michiel, who was already preparing work in Alblasserdam when we were in Nijmegen. Paul and Michiel finish preparing the containers by taping the ventilation grids of the last three containers. After this, the fumigation can begin. The guys are experienced and successfully fumigate the containers in no time. After this, Paul performed a measurement of the perimeter to make sure there are no dangerous gases beyond the gates of the fumigation area (the gates are 10 metres from the fumigated objects). The measurement is done just above the ground, because gas is heavier than air.

Image 7: administering the gas into the container                  Image 8: checking if the perimeter is free of gas

The measurement instrument confirms that there is no harmful gas in the air beyond the fences. Roy, Paul and Michiel store all the gear they used for the fumigation in our storage space near our fumigation area and in the car. When this is done, the working day is over and we head back to Werkendam!

Would you like to know more about our Fumigation division? Go to: Fumigation!

EWS offers solutions for export to Australia (BMSB)

From September 1st 2017 up to April 30th all shipments to Australia from new and used vehicles, vessels and high risk machinery, will have to be cleaned and treated. This concerns a treatment against the Brown Marmorated Stik Bug (BMSB). The mandatory measures apply to target cargo, shipped from all ports in the US as well as any European port which loads cargo manufactured or stored in Italy after the commencement of the season.

EWS can fumigate these goods according the AQIS requirements. For more information and prices, please don’t hesitate to contact us via +32 (0) 35 41 27 92.