Archive for February 2019


CBFCA Submission to IGB BMSB Review - February 2019

Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council of Australia Inc.


An assessment of the effectiveness of the biosecurity measures to manage the risks of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) entering Australia – Review by Dr Helen Scott-Orr, Inspector-General or Biosecurity

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Ministerial statement on biosecurity levy

Biosecurity Import Levy

Further to a direct approach from Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA)  to the Hon. David Littleproud, Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources and formal submission to the Department of Agiculture and Water Resources (refer HERE), we have received the below Media Release from the Minister's office.

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Asbestos Information Page

We have received advice from the Department of Home Affairs requesting us to advise our members of the following information.

The border guidance document Sampling goods for testing for the presence of asbestos has now been published.

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Amendment to 2018-19 Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) seasonal measures for vessels

Amendment to 2018-2019 BMSB seasonal measures for vessels 

Please note the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) have just release the following notice 20-2019 - Amendment to 2018-19 Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) seasonal measures for vessels.


This notice replaces Industry Advice Notice 16-2019.


The notice lists the changes as:


In response to a growing number of detections of BMSB on vessels the department is adjusting the seasonal measures applied to vessels for the 2018-19 BMSB risk season.

Upon submission of a pre arrival report (PAR), all roll-on-roll-off (ro-ro) and general cargo vessels will receive a BMSB questionnaire.

All vessels that receive the questionnaire are now required to fully complete and report findings of any BMSB or other insects.

All ro-ro vessels that have berthed at, or carried cargo loaded in Japan, Italy, USA, Germany, France, Georgia, Hungary, Russia, Greece or Romania will undergo a Seasonal Pest (SP) inspection on arrival.

Where a vessel has undergone a seasonal pest inspection and no further risks or concerns have been detected, the vessel will not be further inspected in other ports and will be permitted to discharge their cargo in subsequent ports.

The following ro-ro vessels will be exempt from SP inspection if they have no BMSB detections:

  1. Vessels only carrying cargo that has been treated by an Australian approved BMSB method (Methyl Bromide, Sulfuryl fluoride, or Heat)
  2. Vessels only carrying cargo that is compliant with New, Unused and Not Field Tested (NUFT) BMSB requirements
  3. Vessels only carrying cargo that is a combination of a) and b) outlined above.   

We recommend you all read the notice in its entirety and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.


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NNF 2019/033 - DAWR Import Industry Advice Notices 16 and 17- 2019

NNF 2019/033 - DAWR Import Industry Advice Notices 16 and 17- 2019

The following information has been published in the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources Import Industry Advice Notices, and is forwarded for your information.

16-2019 - Amendment to 2018-19 Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) seasonal measures for vessels

17-2019 - Offshore Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Treatment Providers Scheme: treatment provider suspension: Triveneta Disinfestazioni S.r.l (AEI: IT4005SB)

CBFCA Commentary

Due to the increased surveillance on Seasonal Pest (SP) inspection on arrival of vessels industry may see change in shipping line practice as to acceptance of cargo for loading on vessels or potential increases in freight rates to recover the additional biosecurity compliance costs. Watch this space as the shipping line Principals offshore will be closely monitoring their costs.

As to the suspension of this treatment provider in Italy, this is not good news for DAWR and industry as we need more reliable offshore BMSB treatment providers and not less to facilitate trade.



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BMSB Update 46- interim measures for goods treated with sulfuryl fluoride




Who does this notice affect?

Importers, 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.



BMSB UPDATE 46- Sulfuryl Fluoride Interim Measures 


Members are advised to read the following Industry Advice Notice regarding interim measures for goods treatment with Sulfuryl Fluoride fumigation. To read the full notice please click HERE, a summary is included below for your reference.

A review of current WHS measures has resulted in an interim measure relating to consignments that have been treated with sulfuryl fluoride and require the following biosecurity inspection:

·       seals intact
·       supervised unpack
·       tailgate inspection

Industry will be responsible for arranging a third- party sulfuryl fluoride detection and monitoring operator (SF operator) to be present at the biosecurity inspection to monitor for sulfuryl fluoride as follows:


If the presence of sulfuryl fluoride...


is 3ppm or less

·     the SF operator issues a gas-free certificate
·       the Biosecurity officer can approach to undertake the inspection.

is greater than 3ppm

·     the container or goods must be allowed to vent before a subsequent reading is taken by the SF operator


On initial assessment of documents for containers/goods fumigated with sulfuryl fluoride the department will apply the following direction comments:

·       Industry to request a to-meet biosecurity inspection appointment.
·       Industry to arrange an approved third party sulfuryl fluoride detection provider to be present at the biosecurity inspection.


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