Archive for July 2019


BMSB Seasonal Measures 2019-20

BMSB Seasonal Measures 2019-20


The Department of Agriculture have recently released the finalised measures for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB)

season 2019-20 and will be effective for goods departing 1stSeptember 2019 – and thatarrive into Australia on or before 31stMay 2020.


Season 2019-20 will see these measures applied to certain goods manufactured in or shipped from or transhipped from32 Countries(Japan increased vessel surveillance only).


Please take note as this list of countries has increased from 10 to 32 -



Certain Tariff Chapters have been categorised astarget high riskgoods and will require mandatory treatment for BMSB risk. Certain Tariff Chapters have been categorised astarget riskgoods and will not require mandatory treatment, but will be subject to increased onshore intervention through random inspection and will be directed for onshore treatment if BMSB is detected. These Tariff Chapters have not changed from the previous BMSB season.

Treatment of cargo


  • Containerised cargo arriving in sealed six hard sided containers with target high risk goods can be treated offshore, or onshore at the container level.
  • Deconsolidation or removal of goods will not be permitted prior to treatment. No exemptions for deconsolidation or segregation on arrival will be considered by the department.
  • Offshore treatment of LCL consignments and FAK containers with target high risk goods from target risk countries is preferred.
  • Onshore treatment of LCL consignments and FAK containers with target high risk goods from target risk countries will be permitted at the container level.


Treatment providers in target risk countries


  • All BMSB treatment providers in target risk countries must first register and be approved under the scheme by the department prior to treatment. Treatments conducted by an unapproved treatment provider in a target risk country will not be recognised as valid and the goods will be subject to onshore treatment (if permitted), or be directed for export.
  • Treatment providers that were registered under the scheme during the 2018-19 season must complete a renewal application for the 2019-20 season. The renewal application and application for new treatment providers is now available on the Offshore BMSB treatment providers scheme page webpage. Please check that your Offshore Treatment Provider has completed a renewal application.





The following countries below have been categorised as target risk. This list has increased from 10 countries to 32 countries for this BMSB season – please see the below list .



Any target high risk or target risk goods which are manufactured in, or shipped from the target risk countries will be subject to BMSB seasonal measures goods departing 1stSeptember 2019 – goods arriving on or before 31stMay 2020


Any vessel that berths at, loads or tranships from the target risk countries also subject to BMSB seasonal measures.


  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Armenia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Kosovo
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxembourg
  • Macedonia
  • Montenegro            
  • Netherlands
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Switzerland
  • Spain
  • Turkey
  • United States of America
  • Japan (heightened vessel surveillance will be the only measure applied)
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The unintended outcome of the US China Trade war Australian manufacturers accuse US exporters of unfair trade practices


The unintended outcome of the US China Trade war – Australian manufacturers accuse US exporters of unfair trade practices

In the trade war between the US and China it is the Chinese that are painted by the US as not playing by the rules.  In an ironic turn of events, the Australian Government is now investigating claims that in response to the US China trade war, US suppliers of plastics are engaging in unfair trade practices that is causing harm to Australian manufacturers.

The Australian Anti-Dumping Commission (ADC) has commenced an investigation into the alleged dumping of high density polyethylene exported to Australia from the US, Singapore, Korea and Thailand.  The claim is that the HDPE is being sold to Australian customers at dumped prices, being prices that are less than the price at which the same goods are sold in the exporter's domestic market.  The Australian industry is seeking dumping duties of 28% on HDPE exported from the US.

So what has caused US exporters to allegedly dump goods in Australia?  The Australian industry claims that this is a fall out from the US China trade war.  As part of the trade dispute China has increased tariffs on certain US HDPE to 25%.  Naturally this causes a decrease in Chinese demand for US HDPE.  At the same time, US levels of production of HDPE increased due to new production facilities coming online.  Lower demand and increased production means lower prices.

The Australian industry claims that US suppliers with excess stock are targeting the Australian market as the Australia US Free Trade Agreement both lowers the costs of US imports (no 5% duty) plus there are less non-tariff barriers.

It is also alleged that the imports are not merely coming directly from the US.  Some US HDPE is claimed to be exported first to Singapore where it is repackaged for export to other markets.  It is alleged that US exports to Singapore have increased by 300% .  It is not known whether Singaporean exporters are hiding the US origin of goods when repackaging and exporting to third countries.  We are aware of Chinese exporters seeking to have goods repackaged in Australia for export to the US without disclosure of the Chinese origin of the goods.

It will not be surprising if the claims of the Australian industry prove to be true.  Raising tariffs to 25% will distort trade flows from China to other countries.    For Australian importers this has resulted in lower prices but has allegedly cause loss to the Australian manufacturers.  If dumping duties are imposed US exporters will need to look for another market for HDPE or hope that President Trump can quickly resolve the trade war.


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Australian Border Force establishes The Customs Group

Creation of The Customs Group


Yesterday the Australian Border Force (ABF) announced the establishment of The Customs Group which will be headed by Deputy Comptroller-General of Customs, Dr Bradley Armstrong PSM.

The Group encompasses traveller, trade, customs related policy, and customs related compliance, with a strong focus on industry engagement.

A Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Branch has also been established in the new Group to address anti-slavery, including migrant worker exploitation, through global supply chains.

We understand that the Customs Group is staffed by a blended team – with ABF officers and Home Affairs employees. Integration will provide an immediate and significant opportunity to better align trade and customs activities.

The full media release can be found HERE  

The updated ABF organisational structure can be found HERE 


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