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BMSB UPDATE 28 - Vessel directed to leave Australian territory

 

MV Triumph V1820

 

Following the preliminary advice received and disseminated on the evening of Friday 23 November 2018, FTA has today received confirmation from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources that the referenced vessel is the Triumph V1820 - please refer to the department's notice available below

 

 

 

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BMSB - Another Vessel Infestation

 

BMSB UPDATE 29 - another vessel infestation

 

MV Morning Composer, Voyage CO840

 

Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) has received the advice from Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean that the MV Morning Composer, Voyage CO840, was due to arrive at its first Australian port today, 26 November 2018. During routine inspections on board dead and live bugs (including BMSB) were found. These findings were reported to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources - please refer to the official customer notice available HERE

 

 

 
 
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NNF 2018/344 - BMSB Offshore Treatment Provider Suspension

NNF 2018/344 -  BMSB Offshore Treatment Provider Suspension

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has published Import Industry Advice Notice 165- 2018 - Offshore Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Treatment Providers Scheme: treatment provider suspension: La Spezia Container Terminal (AEI: IT4013SB) and is forwarded for your information.

CBFCA Commentary:

This is not a good outcome for industry as such non compliance may result in increased random onshore surveillance inspection, at a time the DAWR is challenged to meet client service standards related to Assessment and Inspection Service, since the commencement of the BSMS season.

To manage the biosecurity risk DAWR rely on effective and efficient Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers Scheme. We can only hope other approved offshore treatment providers can comply with the BMSB treatment requirements as we cannot afford to lose confidence in the scheme.

Challenging times ahead for all involved in the import supply chain.

 

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BMSB UPDATE 28 - Vessel directed to leave Australian territory

BMSB UPDATE 28 - Vessel directed to leave Australian territory

Who does this notice affect?

Importers, self-reporting importers, depots, freight forwarders and customs brokers affected by the increased intervention during the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) risk season - shipped between 1 September 2018 and 30 April 2019 inclusive.

Vessel update

Following significant engagement with the shipping line and its operator, the department has reached a decision in relation to the vessel at anchor and its cargo.

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HAPAG-LLOYD ANNOUNCES SURCHARGE FOR LOW SULPHUR FUEL

HAPAG-LLOYD ANNOUNCES SURCHARGE FOR LOW SULPHUR FUEL

Hapag-Lloyd announced a "marine fuel recovery" MFR) mechanism to help defray the cost of compliance with the IMO's 2020 sulphur cap.

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BROADCAST: NNF 2018/335 - BMSB Information update on goods manufactured on or after 1 December 2018

BMSB Information update on goods manufactured on or after 1 December 2018

 

Due to industry request for further clarification on the definition of manufactured date for BMSB purposes, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has reviewed the policy and updated the Preparing to import during the BMSB season webpage. The changes made are highlighted for you to note.

Check if certain manufactured goods are exempt from the BMSB measures

  • Are your goods manufactured on or after 1 December 2018? (A good is only considered to be manufactured on or after 1 December 2018 if all its large, complex components have also been manufactured after 1 Decemb​er 2018.)
  • Are your goods classed as new machinery, vehicles, vessels and/or new complex parts and equipment? This includes goods classified under the following tariff chapters only: 82, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88 and 89.
  • Are you able to provide evidence that the goods are manufactured on or after 1 December 2018? (Evidence can be in various forms such as a manufacturer’s declaration, commercial invoice)
  • Are you able to provide a declaration stating the goods are new, unused and not field tested?
  • Can the goods be verified they have been manufactured on or after 1 December 2018? (Evidence can be supported by labelling on the goods)

If you have answered yes to all the above questions, BMSB measures do not apply to your goods.

If sufficient evidence is not provided, or if on inspection the goods cannot be verified as being new and manufactured on or after 1 December 2018, the goods may be directed for export or onshore treatment (if permitted).

Any declaration stating that goods are new, unused and not field tested (NUFT) must meet minimum documentary and import declaration requirements.

 

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Minimising Pest Contamination Risk When Packing and Unpacking Containers

Governments around the world have significant concerns about pest contamination via sea container pathways, particulary at the time of packing and unpacking

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Clarification on COR requirements for members

Read about COR Australia's information on "Conatiner Mass Requirements" & the "Use of shrinkwrap as a primary load restraint" that have been raised as concerns by member in recent months, in terms of responsibilities of parties in the supply chain.

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BMSB Update 25- another detection

BMSB Update 25- another detection

Who does this notice affect?

Master loaders (wholesle forwarders), importers, self-reporting importers, depots, freight forwarders and customs brokers affected by the increased intervention during the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) risk season - shipped between 1 September 2018 and 30 April 2019 inclusive.

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NNF 2018/326 - End of Interim process for the management of LCL/FAK containers for the 2018-19 BMSB risk season

End of Interim process for the management of LCL/FAK containers for the 2018-19 BMSB risk season

Further to earlier national newsflash NNF 2018/305, the following information has been published in the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources Import Industry Advice Notice 160-2018 - End of Interim process for the management of LCL/FAK containers for the 2018-19 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) risk season and is forwarded for your information.

Note: Enhancements to the department’s systems have been completed, and the management of LCL/FAK container process including cargo report holds for LCL/FAK containers will commence on 8 November 2018.

The interim measures which allowed all LCL/FAK containers shipped from target risk countries to move under bond, deconsolidate, and be managed at the consignment (Full Import Declaration - FID) level will no longer be permitted after this 8 November 2018.

 

 

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Trans Pacific Partnership to begin in 2018

Trans Pacific Partnership to begin in 2018

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is famous for being a major issue in the 2016 US election. One of the first acts of the new President Trump was to withdraw the US from the agreement.
Fast forward two years and the TPP (without the US) is set to commence on 30 December 2018. This free trade agreement (FTA) is a major reply to the protectionist trade policies of the US and also offers major benefits for Australian traders.

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Infrastructure charges The ACCC is concerned but says there is nothing they can do

Infrastructure charges – The ACCC is concerned but says there is nothing they can do

can do

 

Trucking companies have seen a massive rise in the charges imposed by stevedores on the collection or delivery of containers. The ACCC has reviewed these charges in its latest Container Stevedoring Monitoring Report and has offered no relief to trucking companies.  In short, while the charges are likely to hurt transport companies and cargo owners, the ACCC believes the charges are legal.
With infrastructure charges likely to remain, if not increase, transport companies need to ensure their customers understand this cost, that it is legally invoiced to customers, and the transport company has the full right to recover the cost.

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URGENT ADVICE: BMSB Update 24

URGENT ADVICE: BMSB Update 24

Who does this notice affect?

Master loaders (wholesle forwarders), importers, self-reporting importers, depots, freight forwarders and customs brokers affected by the increased intervention during the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) risk season - shipped between 1 September 2018 and 30 April 2019 inclusive.

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