DAWR - Final Seasonal Measures for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) 1 September 2018 - 30 April 2019.

DAWR Issues Industry Advice Notice IAN 89/2018

 FCL, FCX, FAK & LCL Import Consignments - Important Update

Dear AFIF Member,  

Further to the DAWR BMSB Final Seasonal Measures Update bulletin issued by AFIF last night, DAWR has issued the formal 'Industry Advice Notice IAN 89/2018 outlining the Final Seasonal Measures to be implemented for the forthcoming BMSB season, commencing on 1 September 2018 to 30 April 2019.  

8 August 2018

Import Industry Advice Notice 89/2018

Final measures for the 2018-19 Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) risk season has been published on the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources website and can be accessed via the following link:

http://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/industry-advice/2018/89-2018 

Import Industry Advice Notices are available from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources website at www.agriculture.gov.au/iian    

Important Points for Freight Forwarders and Consolidators

As 1 September fast approaches, there are major challenges for freight forwarders, consolidators and their customers in preparing for the significant increase in volume of consignments of target high risk goods and target risk goods from the expanded list of target risk countries.

AFIF has confirmed with DAWR tonight, the following summary of key risks which need to be managed by freight forwarders and consolidators with their overseas counterparts, to avoid increased costs and delays to consignments. 

FCL & FCX Consignments of Target High Risk Goods –

In regard to FCL and FCX consignments of target high risk goods from target risk countries, MANDATORY TREATMENT (fumigation or heat treatment) OFFSHORE or ONSHORE will be required for the 2018/19 season. 

This is a change whereby ONSHORE fumigation or heat treatment is now allowed. However, it is recommended that members advise their import customers to arrange OFFSHORE treatment, to avoid likely backlog of fumigation of containers ONSHORE.

  • Mandatory treatment (onshore or offshore) of target high risk goods shipped as FCL (full container load) or FCX (full container consolidated).
  • Target high risk goods shipped as FCL and FCX may be treated on arrival in Australia at the container level. However, deconsolidation or removal of goods (for example, exempt goods) will not be permitted prior to the treatment

LCL & FAK Consignments of Target High Risk Goods

In regard to LCL and FAK consignments of target high risk goods from target risk countries MANDATORY OFFSHORE fumigation or heat treatment ONLY, will be required for the 2018/19 season.

  • Certain goods (target high risk and target risk goods) manufactured, or shipped from the target risk countries as sea cargo.
  • Mandatory offshore treatment of target high risk goods shipped as LCL (less than container load) or FAK (freight of all kinds) prior to arrival into Australian territory.
  • Export or destruction of target high risk goods requiring mandatory offshore treatment and arriving untreated, or treated by an unapproved treatment provider, unless exceptional circumstances are granted.

LCL or FAK consignments of target high risk goods from target risk countries which are not treated OFFSHORE, will be re-exported or destroyed. 

The reason is potential BMSB cross-contamination of all cargoes in the container. 

Important Note to Consolidators – if a LCL consignment of target high risk goods is packed in a consolidated container with non-BMSB risk goods, unless the LCL consignment of target high risk goods is fumigated or heat treated BEFORE the container is packed and dispatched, the container will not be allowed to enter Australia and will have to be re-exported, or the contents destroyed. 

This rule applies to a LCL consignment of target high risk goods packed in a FAK consolidated container, packed in a target risk country, or packed in another country, or re-consolidated in Asia. ie. Germany, Netherlands, Singapore. 

Examples

LCL consignment of Target High Risk Goods from a non-Target High Risk Country packed in a FAK container in a Target High Risk County eg. LCL consignment of tiles from Poland trucked to Hamburg and loaded into a FAK consolidated container.  The consignment will be allowed to be packed in the container providing it is packed within 120 hours of arriving in Germany. 

LCL consignment of Target High Risk Goods from a Target High Risk Country transhipping in Asia. eg. LCL consignment of tiles from Italy packed in a container to Singapore, unstuffed and re-loaded in a Australia-bound FAK Consolidated container.

Unless the LCL consignment of target high risk goods is fumigated or heat treated BEFORE the container is packed and dispatched in Singapore, the container will not be allowed to enter Australia and will have to be re-exported, or the contents destroyed. 

Please ensure your overseas counterparts packing FAK consolidated containers DO NOT PACK TARGET HIGH RISK GOODS FROM A HIGH RISK COUNTRY UNLESS FUMIGATED OR HEAT TREATED PRIOR WITH ACCOMPANYING TREATMENT CERTIFICATE.

Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers Scheme

The Offshore Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Treatment Providers Scheme (the scheme) sets out the department’s registration and compliance requirements for BMSB treatment providers. 

Treatment providers who meet the requirements of the scheme will be added to our approved list of offshore BMSB treatment providers.

Treatment providers in target risk countries

All BMSB treatment providers in France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Russia and the United States of America must register with DAWR.

Treatment providers in non-target risk countries

Treatment providers in other countries who intend to conduct BMSB treatments for goods that are manufactured in France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Russia or the United States of America are also encouraged to register.

AFIF recommends to members who have customers importing goods on the targeted high risk commodities and targeted risk goods lists, from countries on the expanded targeted countries list, to prepare now to ensure their respective goods are fumigated OFFSHORE by a fumigator on the DAWR approved list of fumigators. 

Simply, local fumigation treatment services here will not be equipped to handle fumigation directions as volumes grow into the peak season later this year - inevitably, there will be delays.                                           

Further information contact Stuart@afif.asn.au  or (02) 93143055

AFIF will be participating in a DCCC group teleconference with DAWR tomorrow afternoon, to discuss measures for the forthcoming BMSB season. If AFIF members have any issues they would like raised, please send these to Stuart@afif.asn.au by 3pm, Thursday.

AFIF will keep members informed of developments.

Regards

AFIF Team