August 12, 2019 in Latest News
2019-20 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Seasonal Measures & Information
The 2019-2020 BMSB season is due to commence on the 1st September 2019.
A number of significant charges have been introduced by the Department of Agriculture since the end of the 2018-2019 season.
The Department of Agriculture has released the proposed measures to manage BMSB risk for the 2019-20 season, and has now finalised the seasonal measures for the 2019-20 BMSB risk season.
For the 2019-20 BMSB risk season, measures will apply to Seafreight movements for:
- 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)
We have provided information sheet for your reference, along with a PowerPoint presentation in these links –
Points of note:
- FCL & FCX Containers will in majority of cases be Fumigated on arrival into Australia – this is to save cost, avoid double treatment/costs where offshore treatment providers approvals are cancelled & manage turn-around.
- We are negotiating with our overseas offices for extended container free-time at destination to allow for delays in treatment periods.
- Department of Agriculture have increased “Target Risk Countries” from 8 in the 2018-2019 Season, to 32 for the pending 2019-2020 Season.
- Processing delays are expected to be encountered due to increase in volumes for the 2019-2020 season to be processed by Department of Agriculture.
- It is expected the Department of Agriculture will allow newly manufactured goods, manufactured after 01st December 2019, to be given exemption on completion of a Declaration by the Manufacturer, and with the proviso that all product must be able to be physically identifiable as manufactured after 1st December 2019.
We will be in contact with customers to further discuss these updated regulations, and how these may impact your import shipments from the indicated Target Risk Countries.
Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Risk Season 2017-18 Mandatory treatment for containerised goods from Italy
Mandatory BMSB treatment for containerised goods from Italy
We have received advice from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) informing us that the department has found significant numbers of Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) on arrival in Australia in various types of containerised goods arriving from Italy.
DAWR advise that these detections indicate that BMSB are sheltering in a range of containers and goods outside of those captured by existing measures.
“To manage the risk posed by these goods, all containerised goods shipped via sea cargo (FCL, FCX and LCL) from Italy that arrive in Australia between 17 January 2018 and 30 April 2018 which includes those shipments already on route to Australia (including new and unused goods), will require treatment on arrival using methyl bromide, or another approved treatment for BMSB.
Goods already treated offshore with one of the approved BMSB treatments, and where a valid treatment certificate is presented to the department, will not require further treatment.
These measures apply to all target goods originating in Italy during BMSB season. This includes goods that may subsequently be loaded/transhipped to Australia through other countries in Europe for goods originating in Italy.
Exceptions from treatment apply to goods that fall within one of the excluded tariff groups: Fresh produce, including nursery stock and live plants, live animals, food for human consumption and seeds for sowing.”
The department has also published the following Import Industry Advice Notice “04-2018 – Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Risk Season 2017-18 Mandatory treatment for containerised goods from Italy” which can be found via the following link for your information http://agriculture.gov.au/import/industry-advice/2018/04-2018.
It is expected that cost for treatment of any LCL shipment will incur costs of approx. AUD 18.00 Per W/M to cover the costs for the fumigation/treatment of the full container loads.
We will be liaising with all customers affected by this situation, and communicating action required for all shipments either already in transit or due to depart ex Italy.
Should you require any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us.