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The Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources ( DAWR) have published latest guidelines covering mandatory pre-shipment fumigation requirements to protect Australia against possible negative impacts from the Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs during the 2019/2020 high risk season. It is worthwhile noting the season is now the majority of the year rather than a minority shipping period.  Please visit the below website link for full information gathering.

 

http://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/before/brown-marmorated-stink-bugs

Seasonal measures for Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB)

 

In response to the rapid expansion of BMSB throughout Europe and North America, the department has strengthened the seasonal measures to manage risk of BMSB from arriving in Australia for the 2019–20 BMSB risk season. The department has used a range of scientific, intelligence and evidence based information when setting the measures including data collected from the 2018-19 BMSB season onshore verification activities.

The department has also worked closely with the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries on the 2019-20 measures to ensure both Australia and New Zealand’s BMSB seasonal measures are consistent across the two counties where possible.

For the 2019-20 BMSB risk season, measures will apply to:

  • certain goods manufactured in, or shipped from target risk countries, and/or
  • vessels that berth at, load or tranship from target risk countries

from 1 September 2019 and that arrive in Australian territory by 31 May 2020 (inclusive).

As with previous BMSB risk seasons, you must comply with these measures. Throughout the season we will continue to review these measures based on detections of BMSB and the risk pathways and make any necessary adjustments.

Details of the final seasonal measures for the 2019-20 BMSB season are outlined below.

 

Any vessel that berths at, loads or tranships from the target risk countries also subject to BMSB seasonal measures.

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Armenia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Kosovo
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxembourg
  • Macedonia
  • Montenegro
  • Netherlands
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Switzerland
  • Spain
  • Turkey
  • United States of America
  •  Japan (heightened vessel surveillance will be the only measure applied)

 

 

Goods that fall within the following tariff classifications have been categorised as target high risk goods and will require mandatory treatment for BMSB risk.

  • 36 – Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations
  • 44 – Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal
  • 45 – Cork and articles of cork
  • 57 – Carpets and other textile floor coverings
  • 68 – Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials
  • 69 – Ceramic products – including sub chapters I and II
  • 70 – Glass and glass ware
  • 72 – Iron and steel – including sub chapters I, II, III, IV
  • 73 – Articles of iron or steel
  • 74 – Copper and articles thereof
  • 75 – Nickel and articles thereof
  • 76 – Aluminium and articles thereof
  • 78 – Lead and articles thereof
  • 79 – Zinc and articles thereof
  • 80 – Tin and articles thereof
  • 81 – Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof
  • 82 – Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal
  • 83 – Miscellaneous articles of base metals
  • 84 – Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof
  • 85 – Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles
  • 86 – Railway or tramway locomotives, rolling-stock and parts thereof; railway or tramway track fixtures and fittings and parts thereof; mechanical (including electro-mechanical) traffic signalling equipment of all kinds
  • 87 – Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling-stock, and parts and accessories thereof
  • 88 – Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof
  • 89 – Ships, boats and floating structures
  • 93 – Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof

 

 

Goods that fall within the following tariff classifications have been categorised as target risk goods and will not require mandatory treatment. Target risk goods will however will be subject to increased onshore intervention through random inspection.

  • 25 – Salt; sulphur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement
  • 26 – Ores, slag and ash
  • 27 – Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes
  • 28 – Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals, of radioactive elements or of isotopes – including sub chapters I, II, III, IV and V
  • 29 – Organic chemicals – including sub chapters I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XII and XIII
  • 31 – Fertilisers
  • 38 – Miscellaneous chemical products
  • 39 – Plastics and articles thereof – – including sub chapters I and II
  • 40 – Rubber and articles thereof
  • 46 – Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basket ware and wickerwork
  • 47 – Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; recovered (waste and scrap) paper or paperboard
  • 48 – Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard
  • 49 – Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans
  • 56 – Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns; twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof

 

 

For all other goods that are not categorised as target high risk and target risk goods, BMSB seasonal measures do not apply, however, these goods may be subject to the measures if they are part of a container or consignment that contains target high risk or target risk goods.

 

 

  • Certain goods (target high risk and target risk goods) manufactured in, or shipped from the target risk countries as sea cargo will be subject to BMSB intervention.
  • Measures apply to these goods shipped from 1 September 2019 that arrive in Australian territory by 31 May 2020 (inclusive).
  • All other goods are not subject to BMSB intervention – however if they are packed in a container with target high risk or target risk goods that requires BMSB intervention, they will be subject to the measures.
  • Target high risk goods requiring mandatory offshore treatment that arrive untreated, or treated by an unapproved treatment provider in a target risk country, will be denied discharge and directed for export on arrival.
  • Automatic Entry Processing (AEP) processing arrangements for BMSB will be permitted for break bulk and containerised goods (not including LCL consignments and FAK containers).

 

Break bulk goods

  • Mandatory offshore treatment of target high risk goods shipped as break bulk cargo will be required.
  • Goods shipped on open top containers or on flat rack containers are also considered to be break bulk.
  • Untreated break bulk identified on arrival will be denied discharge and directed for export on arrival, unless exceptional circumstances are applicable.
  • AEP processing arrangements for BMSB will be permitted for break bulk goods.

 

Containerised goods not including LCL consignments and FAK containers

  • Containerised cargo arriving in sealed six hard sided containers with target high risk goods can be treated offshore, or onshore at the container level.
  • The department classifies refrigerated containers (operating and non-operating) and high cube hard top sealed containers (ISO45U6/ISO45UP) the same as six hard sided sealed containers.
  • Deconsolidation or removal of goods will not be permitted prior to treatment. No exemptions for deconsolidation or segregation on arrival will be considered by the department.
  • Consideration must be given to ensure containers are packed in a manner that will enable effective onshore treatment at the container level where required, to avoid possible export of the container.
  • AEP processing arrangements for BMSB will be permitted for containerised goods shipped as FCL (full container load) and FCX (full container consolidated).

 

Containerised goods shipped as Less than Container Load (LCL) consignments and Freight of all Kinds (FAK) containers

  • LCL and FAK containers with target high risk goods will be managed at the container level for BMSB risk prior to deconsolidation. Once these have been managed, the consignments within these containers will be processed at the Full Import Declaration (FID) level for all other biosecurity intervention (if applicable).
  • Offshore treatment of LCL consignments and FAK containers with target high risk goods from target risk countries is preferred.
  • Onshore treatment of LCL consignments and FAK containers with target high risk goods from target risk countries will be permitted at the container level.
  • To assist in the timely management of LCL and FAK containers, Master Consolidators are required to provide a declaration of the LCL and FAK container no less than five business days prior to the first port of arrival in Australia.
  • Where voyage duration is less than five business days, Master Consolidators are encouraged to provide a declaration within 24 hours of embarkation.
  • Master Consolidators will be required to declare to the department that the container:
  • has been treated offshore at the container level or all target high risk goods have been treated, or
  • is nominated for onshore treatment at the container level, or
  • does not contain any target high risk goods with supporting documents, or
  • is nominated to move to an Approved Arrangements site pending further information/reporting to be provided to the department.
  • Early reporting will enable timely movement of the container from the wharf, and:
  • if the container has been treated offshore, the container will be permitted to deconsolidate as per normal processes, or
  • if the container has been nominated for onshore treatment, the container will be permitted to move to an Approved Arrangement site for treatment at the container level.
  • Reporting provided less than five business days may be subject to delays including having the container held at the wharf pending permission to move to an Approved Arrangement site for assessment of the container.
  • Deconsolidation or removal of goods will not be permitted prior to treatment. No exemptions for deconsolidation or segregation on arrival will be considered by the department.
  • Consideration must be given to ensure containers are packed in a manner that will enable effective onshore treatment at the container level where required, to avoid possible export of the container.
  • Where early reporting is not made or the Master Consolidator cannot identify and provide details of the consignments within the container (target high risk, target risk or no risk goods), the container will be held for assessment.
  • Assessment of containers that have not been reported early, or pending further information, will only commence after the Master Consolidator provides documentary evidence of all consignments within the container. These assessments will fall under a different client service charter.
  • Where the Master Consolidator is unable to provide evidence of all the consignments, the container may be held intact for up to 35 business days, or until evidence is provided that all FIDS are lodged and ready for assessment by the department to be either:
  • released and allowed to deconsolidate (if there are no target high risk goods), or
  • directed for onshore treatment at the container level (if there are target high risk goods), or
  • directed for export if treatment is not preferred (if there are target high risk goods).
  • If there is no contact or declaration made by the Master Consolidator of the container after 35 business days, the container will be directed for export.
  • Hubbed LCL and FAK containers will be managed for BMSB risk at the container level as if they have been shipped from a target risk country. This includes if a consignment within the container has a target risk country as the origin shipped country and has been hubbed through a non-target risk country. Deconsolidation of these containers for management at the consignment level will not be permitted.

 

Random onshore verification inspections

  • All target high risk and target risk goods will be subject to increased onshore intervention through random verification inspections and will be directed for onshore treatment if BMSB is detected.
  • The department will continue to review the changing pest status of BMSB and will be undertaking a lower rate of random onshore inspections on goods from emerging risk countries (watch list countries) to verify pest absence in goods.
  • All goods must still meet the standard import conditions in BICON for all other biosecurity risks.

 

Known risk pathways and supply chains

  • Goods from known risk pathways and supply chains that have had previous detections of BMSB may be subject to BMSB intervention including treatment and/or inspections.
  • These risk pathways and supply chains will be reviewed throughout the season and adjusted to manage the risk of BMSB as required.

 

There are three approved treatment options for BMSB treatment. Rates will be sought from approved providers  on case by case scenario.

 

The approved treatments are:

  • Heat treatment
  • Methyl bromide fumigation and
  • Sulfuryl fluoride fumigation.

 

Please seek guidance from our local teams if your supply chain is possibly  effected by the above measures. Our teams will be able to offer the best solution for each case to minimise delays and costs that may otherwise occur should you fall foul of the DAWR measures albeit unintentional.

 

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