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NNF 2019/288 - Exotic ant detected in Fremantle

NNF 2019/288 - Exotic ant detected in Fremantle

The Government of Western Australia has issues a Media Statement related to red imported fire ant found at Fremantle Port.

State Government authorities are surveying the Fremantle Port and surrounds after an invasive ant species, red imported fire ant, was detected at the facility.

This is the first time red imported fire ant has been found in Western Australia.

The pest poses a significant threat to the environment, agriculture, the economy, human health and Australia's outdoor lifestyle.

To read the Media Statement click https://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/McGowan/2019/11/Exotic-ant-detected-in-Fremantle.aspx

Kind regards,

 

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NNF 2019/283 - Importing hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) equipment

NNF 2019/283 - Importing hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) equipment

 

Please note the below changed from 1/1/20 as advised by International Ozone Protection & Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Team, Department of the Environment & Energy.

Rules for importing hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) equipment are changing on 1 January 2020.

  • From 1 January 2020 importing all types of HCFC equipment (including, for example, HCFC aerosols and HCFC fire protection equipment) will be banned, except in certain circumstances. This includes all equipment that uses HCFCs, even if it does not have gas in it at the time of import.
  • From 1 January 2020, an equipment licence may be granted for import of HCFC equipment only in limited circumstances.
  • From 1 January 2020 low volume imports of HCFC equipment without a licence will no longer be allowed.

Details on our website: environment.gov.au or contact us at  ozone@environment.gov.au or on +61 2 6274 1373

  

Kind regards, 

Phil Gray
Regional Manager Western Australia

 

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NNF 2019/285 - New Scheme to replace NICNAS from 1 July 2020

NNF 2019/285 - New Scheme to replace NICNAS from 1 July 2020

There is now a new Australian industrial chemicals law – the Industrial Chemicals Act 2019. This law creates a new regulatory scheme for the importation and manufacture of industrial chemicals in Australia (to replace NICNAS) from 1 July 2020.

The new scheme is the result of a reform process to improve the regulation of industrial chemicals in Australia.

The main purpose of the new scheme will remain the same — to help protect the Australian people and the environment by assessing the risks of industrial chemicals and providing information and recommendations to promote their safe use.

The new scheme has been designed to be a more risk proportionate regulatory scheme, while maintaining Australia’s robust health, safety and environmental standards.

For more information on why the scheme is changing click https://www.nicnas.gov.au/New-scheme-1-July-2020/Why-is-our-scheme-changing .

In the new year we will work closely with Department of Health to deliver information sessions as required. 

Kind regards,

 

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Changes to import rules for equipment containing ozone depleting substances

 

Changes to import rules for equipment containing ozone depleting substances 

 

Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) received the below information from the Department of the Environment & Energy in terms of changes from 1 January 2020.

Paul Zalai -  Director and Co-Founder, FTA / Secretariat, APSA

 Rules for importing hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) equipment are changing on 1 January 2020.

  • From 1 January 2020 importing all types of HCFC equipment (including, for example, HCFC aerosols and HCFC fire protection equipment) will be banned, except in certain circumstances. This includes all equipment that uses HCFCs, even if it does not have gas in it at the time of import.
  • From 1 January 2020, an equipment licence may be granted for import of HCFC equipment only in limited circumstances.
  • From 1 January 2020 low volume imports of HCFC equipment without a licence will no longer be allowed.

 
Details on our website: environment.gov.au or contact us at ozone@environment.gov.au or on +61 2 6274 1373

 

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Commencement of 2019-20 Burnt Pine Longicorn (BPL) flight season measures for vessels

Commencement of 2019-20 Burnt Pine Longicorn (BPL) flight season measures for vessels

Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) has received advice from the Department of Agriculture that they have published the following Industry Advice Notice in regards the commencement of the 2019/20 Burnt Pine Longicorn (BPL) season

The BPL beetle is likely to enter Australia on vessels, imported timber or machinery and other cargo from New Zealand. Look for adult beetles seeking shelter in dark secluded areas during daylight and in imported cargo or vessels. Adults are active from dusk to dawn and are attracted to light.

The department has developed a BPL webpage to assist vessel masters and crew to detect BPL.

179-2019 - Commencement of 2019-20 Burnt Pine Longicorn (BPL) flight season measures for vessels

It may also be timely to again remind members that you can also subscribe to receive Industry Advice Notices direct from the Department - please see links below 

Import Industry Advice Notices email notification system​

 Import Industry Advice Notices RSS Feed


You may also wish to review the latest issue of Biosecurity Matters 


John Park – Head of Business Operations, FTA / APSA
 

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