Looking back on BMSB season 2022/23: “It has been a successful season”

WERKENDAM, July 2023 – With another BMSB season approaching, carriers, freight forwarders, exporters, and everyone involved in the logistics of goods to Australia and New Zealand, are awaiting the new, perhaps again tightened import regulations for next season. In the calm before the storm, we look back on the past season 2022/2023 with Roy van Hattum, Team Leader EWS Fumigation & Bio Treatment, and Marta Mottin, General Manager. Both work at EWS Group, respectively in the Netherlands and Italy.

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB)

BMSB is the abbreviation for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, a bug-like insect that was previously not known to occur in Europe. Marta remembers the arrival of the insect to Italy very well. “The bug was first observed in the Reggio Emilia region”, she says. “It caused enormous damage to crops. After consultation with various universities in both Europe and Asia, it turned out to be the BMSB that had apparently ‘hitchhiked’ from China to Europe in a container. The insect had no natural enemies here, so the population grew too large too quickly and eventually posed a threat to harvests. Not only in Italy and on the European continent, but also for other countries where the bug is not a native species.”

Approved Offshore BMSB Treatment Provider

Among other countries, this is the case in Australia and New Zealand. Both countries are doing everything they can to prevent the creature from entering the country in the first place. They therefore require that incoming goods that fall into a certain risk category and are shipped from certain risk countries between 1 September and 30 April undergo BMSB treatment. This treatment must take place prior to shipment and may only be conducted by ‘Approved Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers’. EWS Group is such an approved treatment provider. Roy has his hands full managing it all.

A successful BMSB season 2022/2023

When it comes to looking back on last season, he gets straight to the point: “I have to say that it was a very successful season indeed in which we have been able to handle many different types of goods. In the Netherlands, we have our permanent location at the BCTN terminal in Alblasserdam where we conduct the two possible BMSB treatments. Containers are fumigated, and breakbulk goods such as cars, tractors, engines, etc. undergo heat treatment.”

BMSB treatments throughout Europe

However, EWS Group is not tied to one location. The company has branches throughout Europe and can perform both fumigation and heat treatment in many countries. Italy also looks back on a great BMSB season. Marta adds: “More and more European countries are added to the list of risk countries. This means that we see an increase in the number of goods that leave Europe via the Italian ports to find their way to Australia and New Zealand.”

Support from A to Z

Both fumigation and heat treatment are approved treatment methods. Regardless of the type of treatment, meticulous procedures are involved. EWS knows the way. Roy explains: “We support the customer from A to Z. We arrange the location, provide the goods with seals and documentation, and take care of the on-carriage. In addition, we ensure that the Record of Fumigation is uploaded in the Australia or New Zealand portals. This way, the government authorities of both countries have access to all processes.”

Flying colours

“And for good reason, so we’ve discovered”, Roy says with a smile. “Last season we were honoured with a visit from delegates from the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries for an inspection. They really controlled everything! Our canisters, the PPE, the materials, our procedures, the treatment methods, the way we document them, the gas concentrations, you name it!” He continues with pride: “We passed with flying colours!”


Both Roy and Marta look forward to the BMSB season 2023/2024 with confidence. “With the experience we have gained in recent years, and the teams that are at full strength in all countries, we are ready to go, full speed ahead!”, Marta says enthusiastically. “Of course, we can only really speak of a good season when the BMSB has stayed outside the borders of Australia and New Zealand”, she concludes.

Any questions?

Want to know how we can serve you in the upcoming BMSB season? This is where you can find more info already, but also, please do not hesitate to contact Olga Pastor at
+34 937 43 39 68 for any questions you may have. We look forward to collaborating with you!

6 June 2022 | World Pest Day

6 June 2022 | World Pest Day

Pests, whether you are a facility manager, wholesaler, catering entrepreneur, or manager of a building, you are responsible for preventing, detecting, and controlling them… something you may not be aware of on a daily basis. That’s why there’s World Pest Day. Created to make people aware of how pest management helps preserve the quality of life for us and our loved ones.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

When you think of pest control, the image of a traditional rat-catcher may come to your mind. However, pest control today mainly focuses on preventing pests rather than controlling them. Control in the literal sense of the word is the last resort. Integrated Pest Management it is called, or IPM. IPM is a sustainable method to control pests only when preventive measures have proven to be inadequate.

Your organization probably already adheres to the basic regulations regarding hygiene conditions. However, architectural factors play a role as well. Did you know, for example, that mice can make their way into your building through an opening of half a centimeter? That’s why architectural advice is part of a good pest management plan. As well as advice regarding habitat. Everything to keep unwanted guests out.


Cooperation between pest manager and customer is essential to this. No matter how professionally and competently your IPM technician does their job, lasting results are not self-evident without commitment and involvement from you, the client. So, when it comes to pest management, you would rather look for a partner than ‘just’ a service provider.

After taking stock, a good partner in pest management will map out the nature, extent, severity and risks of any pest already present. This results in a tailor-made pest management plan including a map, plan of approach, an agreement, advice and action points for you, the client. Action points include, for example, filling holes with steel wool or minimizing cracks with brush weather stripping.


In order to ensure that the measures are effective, good communication between pest manager and client is important. Pest managers often work with an online communication system that both parties have access to. Convenient for the client to stay informed of the findings of the pest manager and essential to the pest manager to know what actions the client has already taken.

This creates teamwork between pest manager and client, with successful pest management as a result. This way, you too positively contribute to the quality of life for us and your loved ones.


Want to know how we can be of service to you? Feel free to contact us via +34 937 43 39 68 or info@ews-group.es. We are happy to advise!

Cockroaches aboard ships

Cockroaches. With over 4,500 species worldwide, they come in all shapes and sizes. But whether the German, Oriental or Brown-banded cockroach, one thing is for sure: an infestation is what you want to stay away from!

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