Australian Biosecurity Awards recognise individuals, groups and organisations that show a commitment to working with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources to support and promote Australia's biosecurity and the systems that uphold it.

In this case,WWL worked closely with authorities in Australia and New Zealand to find ways to ensure that the agricultural pest didn’t destroy fruit and vegetable crops in those countries. WWL also worked with customers to minimise cargo delays, and it implemented new emergency regulations for handling cargo destined for Oceania by providing fumigation and heat treatment services.

The award ceremony took place on March 1 in Canberra, Australia. Mark Guscott, head of Oceania, received the award, which was presented by Barnaby Joyce, the Minister for Agriculture and Deputy Prime Minister of Australia.

“This award truly recognises the efforts of our team members and partners during the potential risk of the brown marmorated stink bug,” Guscott says. “Our global team collaborated to find long-term solutions for our customers and, more importantly, found ways to continue to protect the Australian and New Zealand ecosystems. It is a great honour to receive the Biosecurity Award from the Australian government on behalf of the team members from WWL.”