BMSB update - Offshore Treatment Provider scheme

Who does this notice affect?

Importers, freight forwarders and customs brokers

 

BMSB update - Offshore Treatment Provider scheme

 

Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) again liaised last week with the Department of Agriculture on Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) - summary below:

  • Treatment providers are responsible for registering and applying to be part of the offshore treatment providers scheme.  We understand that the process is relatively straight forward for existing treatment providers. The department wrote to all existing providers almost two months ago and since then has sent reminders to all yet to re-apply. We again recommend that members continue to contact and encourage treatment providers to register and apply;
  • The department is processing renewals and new applications very quickly, provided the applicant submits their application with the required information.  There is no backlog of complete applications awaiting approval;
  • Treatment providers located in non target risk countries are strongly encouraged to renew and/or to register if not previously approved. Treatment certificates from providers in non target risk countries will be accepted by the department  whether they are registered or not.  For those providers not registered the department undertakes additional assessment and verification of the treatment certificates to maintain confidence in them;
  • The list of treatment providers on the department's web site is being updated on a regular basis.
  • All the information/forms on the offshore treatment scheme is on the department web site at  http://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/before/brown-marmorated-stink-bugs/offshore-bmsb-treatment-providers-scheme.  There is a dedicated departmental email inbox for off shore providers to send their applications/ any questions at bmsbtreatments@agriculture.gov.au.

Andrew Crawford - FTA / APSA


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