Archive for April 2019

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NNF 2019/105 - CBFCA Submission - Biosecurity Imports Levy

 

As referenced in national newsflash NNF 2019/080, the Government has change the start date of the 2018-19 Budget, for the implementation of the Biosecurity Imports Levy from 1 July 2019 to 1 September 2019.

This change will allow the industry Steering Committee to make recommendations to the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources on the design and implementation of the levy.

 

 

 

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NNF 2019/104 - Information on Proposed 2019-20 BMSB seasonal measures

 

Information on Proposed 2019-20 BMSB seasonal measures

 As referenced in NNF 2019/087, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources hosted a series of industry information sessions and a Webinar for the proposed 2019-20 BMSB seasonal measures.

The sessions provided industry with the opportunity to provide feedback and ask questions about the proposed measures.

We wish to inform you the Department has now created a new webpage Proposed 2019-20 Seasonal measures for Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), where you can find more information, including links to the recorded Webinar, presentation and fact sheet.

Any questions relating to the policy for seasonal pests can be emailed to spp@agriculture.gov.au

As referenced in NNF 2019/101, the Department is further consulting with industry on the below proposed measures.

  • Proposed measures for LCL and FAK containers for the 2019/2020 BMSB Season
  • Safeguarding Arrangements Policy for the 2019/2020 BMSM Season

We participated in the Sydney and Melbourne workshops to further discuss the proposed measures.

The Department noted the industry concerns, and is now working hard to finalise the policy by end of May 2019 to provide industry with adequate time to prepare for next season.

The final policy will be communicated by the Department via an import industry advice notice.

We will keep you informed of any further developments as the BMSB seasonal measures will continue to challenge the biosecurity system and industry.

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NNF 2019/088- Import Industry Advice Notice 47-2019

  

Import Industry Advice Notice 47-2019

 

The following information has been published in the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources Import Industry Advice Notice 47-2019 - Unscheduled Service Disruption Impacting Several Systems, Thursday 11 April 2019 (AEST).

View the full Notice below.

 

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NNF 2019/087 - Proposed 2019-20 BMSB seasonal measures

Proposed 2019-20 BMSB seasonal measures

 

As referenced in IIAN 43-2019, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources hosted a series of industry information sessions and a webinar for the proposed 2019-20 BMSB seasonal measures.

The sessions provided industry with the opportunity to provide feedback and ask questions about the proposed measures. CBFCA representatives attended the sessions and we provide the following summary on the key proposed changes:

  • Target High Risk countries for 2019-2020, going from 9 to 32 in total, plus heightened vessel surveillance for Japan (similar to the current season).
  • Mandatory offshore treatment for less than container load (LCL) consignments and freight of all kinds (FAK) containers of target high risk goods shipped in sealed six sided containers. Note: The Department will undertake further industry consultation on this, and we will participate in any future meetings to represent our members.
  • Heightened surveillance on all roll-on/roll-off (ro-ro) and general cargo vessels will continue to be conducted through additional pre-arrival reporting with a BMSB questionnaire and daily checks conducted by vessel masters.
  • Safeguarding arrangements - the department is working to develop policies to allow for certain goods and supply chains to be recognised under safeguarding arrangements for the 2019–20 season.

More information can be found on Fact Sheet provided by the Department at the sessions. To download the Fact Sheet click HERE.

Any questions relating to the policy for seasonal pests can be emailed to spp@agriculture.gov.au

We were informed the Department will soon be updating the BMSB webpage at www.agriculture.gov.au/bmsb to include the proposed seasonal measures, fact sheet, copy of presentations from the sessions and link to the recorded webinar to support industry in preparation for the next season.

The Department advised industry the additional countries will result in around 10 to 15% increase in volume and they are doing their best to resource relevant areas, but did not provide assurance their client service standards can be met all the time, and industry can expect some delays.

We raised again our concerns related to service delivery, as the biggest impact on members is in the areas of Assessment Services Group, Inspection Services Group and Client Contact Group.  

As referenced in past newsflashes, the Inspector-General of Biosecurity, Dr Helen Scott-Orr conducted an Independent Review of the effectiveness of the Department biosecurity measures to manage the risks of brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) entering Australia.

We lodged a formal submission and our message was clear:

"If the Department continues to do the same thing, the end result will be same. It is time for a change, and the CBFCA is advocating for modernisation of the service, administration, operations, systems, and not just the Biosecurity Act modernisation, that places more obligation and infringement notice penalties on the biosecurity industry participants".

The CBFCA looks forward to the findings from the review, and we will continue to work with the Department to achieve a win/win outcome, as only in partnership with industry, the biosecurity risks can be managed. 

We will keep you informed of any further developments as the BMSB seasonal measures will continue to challenge the biosecurity system and industry.

 

 

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addition of further European countries and Canada of2019-20 BMSB proposed amendments

ADDITION OF FURTHER EUROPEAN COUNTRIES AND CANADA OF 2019-20 BMSB PROPOSED AMENDMENTS 

Please find attached the latest update on the proposed amendments for the BMSB season

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Biosecurity Import Levy - deferred to 1 September 2019

Biosecurity Import Levy - deferred to 1 September 2019

 

Following last night’s Federal budget, we draw to members' attention the detail that the 1 July start date for the imposition of the Biosecurity Imports Levy has been officially deferred.

The government has announced a new proposed date of 1 September 2019 and a relatively small loss of revenue associated with this deferred commencement.


 

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Important Update on Tobacco Import Regime

Important Update on Tobacco Import Regime and Future Tobacco Importation Requirements

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