Archive for June 2019
BMSB treatment providers scheme and application forms
The Department of Agriculture (the department) has published Import Industry Advice Notice 103-2019 - 2019-20 Offshore Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) treatment providers scheme and application forms, and is forwarded for your information.
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Customs Tariff Amendment (Craft Beer) Act 2019
The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has published a notice which sets out the changes made by the Customs Tariff Amendment (Craft Beer) Bill 2019 that received the Royal Assent on 5 April 2019.
From 1 July 2019, draught beer in containers between 8 and 48 litres designed to be connected to pressurised gas or pump delivery systems, will be subject to the same rate of excise-equivalent customs duty as draught beer in containers with a capacity exceeding 48 litres.
These changes apply to goods classified to tariff subheadings 2203.00.6 and 2206.00.7 in Schedule 3 to the Customs Tariff Act 1995 (the Customs Tariff Act).
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2019-20 BMSB Seasonal Measures and Information Sessions
The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has published Import Industry Advice Notice 89-2019 - 2019-20 Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) seasonal measures.
For the 2019-20 BMSB risk season, measures will apply to:
- 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 are pleased to advise the department has considered the CBFCA and other industry stakeholders feedback and the final measures include:
- Addition of an option for containerised target risk goods shipped as less than container load (LCL) and freight of kind (FAK) to be treated onshore. While the department’s preferred position is off shore treatment of such goods, industry strongly supported retaining an on shore treatment option.
- A revised definition of the end of the BMSB risk season. The season end will be defined as the arrival of goods and vessels in Australia by 31 May. This change is expected to be easier for industry to comply with and for the department to administer. This will avoid the need for industry to submit document in COLS at the end the season to prove the shipped on board date.
The final seasonal measures are available on the BMSB webpage.
The department will host a series of industry information sessions across Australia to further discuss the final measures, and we encourage you to attend the sessions.
As you will recall we continues to lobby at consultative meetings with the department and via a formal submission to the Inspector General of Biosecurity BMSB Review, for further strategic investment in both people and systems improvement, with surge capacity to handle biosecurity ‘emergencies’ while maintaining ongoing business, and providing a reliable service to industry.
For more information about the information session and to view the full notice click HERE
Regional Manager VIC |TAS | SA, CBFCA
NNF 2019/132 - China Treatment Provider Certificates
China Treatment Provider Certificates
We received feedback from members that some regions in China are providing fumigation certificates issued, other than General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China (GACC).
We made the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources aware of this issue and received the following advice back.
We have received word back from our counsellor in China. His team have been in contact with GACC and have advised that there have been no official changes in current requirements for the issuing of treatment certificates from GACC.
The department continues to recognise GACC as the issuing body for fumigation certificates from China.
Should your members continue to experience issues obtaining GACC fumigation certificates, they should not accept treatment provider issued certificates and should either refer the declaration to the department for assessment or use relevant NCCC / AEPCOMM codes to generate a direction for onshore inspection or treatment of the goods.
Details of the GACC changes were communicated to industry in IIAN 97/2018 - Changes to Chinese Competent Authority issuing certificates and the security features
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