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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.

 

http://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/industry-advice/2019/20-2019

 

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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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...

Then...

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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BMSB UPDATE 45 - WA Biosecurity Alert

 

 

JOIN THE ALLIANCE

 

 

Who does this notice affect?

Residents of the North Fremantle area / growers and gardeners 

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 45 - WA Biosecurity Alert 

Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) has received a request from the WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development to share the following Biosecurity Alert:

We are asking businesses and residents in North Fremantle to help with surveillance for Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), following detection of a single live BMSB in a trap at Fremantle Port. This serious pest is not established in Australia, and efforts need to be taken to ensure there are no further BMSB in the area, to prevent potential spread.

The trap is one of 14 that are part of BMSB surveillance activities being undertaken by the Federal Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR). The WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) is working closely with DAWR to put in place swift and effective response measures.

The affected goods were fumigated and DPIRD has commenced a 12 week trapping program to determine whether the pest has spread. A total of 49 traps have been deployed with no further detections to date. A residual treatment has also been applied to a 100 metre buffer zone which includes buildings and vegetation ... read more.

 

 

 

 
 
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FTA calls for Independent Review into Biosecurity Measures

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.

FTA calls for Independent Review into Biosecurity Measures

 

Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) has submitted a formal request to the Hon David Littleproud, Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources for the Federal Government to immediately commission an independent review on BMSB measures.

FTA has provided details of operational and cost impacts affecting members and further highlighted the importance for a review given that emergency measures may be impacted next season involving more target countries.

FTA continues to drive this ongoing advocacy as the sole industry voice calling for the review - today's FTA media release is available below.

 

Paul Zalai - FTA / APSA

 

MEDIA RELEASE:

 
The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has implemented widespread emergency measures on imported containers from U.S., Italy, Germany, France and other countries, via chemical fumigation or other approved treatment methods, to combat the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB).
 
While essential in safeguarding Australia from a major biosecurity threat, international trade has been adversely impacted by the BMSB measures with major importers reporting significant disruptions to their international supply chain operations, as well as increased costs of importing essential consumer goods. 
 
In extreme instances, total cargo vessels and their loads are being turned away from Australian shores due to detection of the pest. Australia’s peak trade alliance has indicated that millions of dollars are being paid by importers, customs brokers and freight forwarders as a result of the processes associated with the management of the BMSB. 
 
Paul Zalai, director of the Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) stated that for those that have been fortunate to have their cargo arrive, many have been adversely affected by the onshore delays caused by inadequate offshore treatment, failure in government systems and processes and a local industry inadequately prepared to deal with the growing onshore treatment task “The direct costs to importers imposed by stevedores for storage and in detention fees imposed by shipping lines for the late return of unpacked empty containers are rapidly escalating, adding to the costs associated with failure to meet supply demands.”
 
Some freight forwarders have resorted to desperate and expensive measures by using a combination of sea cargo movements from origin and transhipping cargo at intermediary ports, using airfreight to land goods into Australia. While a legitimate practice, it is anticipated that it will only be a matter of time before cargo arriving by air faces similar biosecurity scrutiny as that by sea with the potential threat of choking major Australian international airports.
 
“The problem is not going to go away. Indications from the department is that by next season (September to April) we will be talking about treatment of goods from high risk continents rather than high risk countries, such is the spread of the pest throughout Europe, Asia and other parts of the world”  Zalai said 
 
The FTA has acknowledged that the associated treatments, processes and systems are extremely complex and there is no simple fix to address current operational deficiencies. FTA has called on the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources to urgently commission a comprehensive independent review.
 
 

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BMSB UPDATE 43 - containers treated with Sulfuryl Fluoride / Italian treatment providers

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 43 - containers treated with Sulfuryl Fluoride / Italian treatment providers

 

Containers treated with Sulfuryl Fluoride.

 

Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) has engaged with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources again today in terms of the management of inspections for containers treated with Sulfuryl Fluoride.

The department is working with the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) on identifying measures to safeguard the health and safety of officers.

In the interim, the department is assessing the management of affected containers on a case-by-case basis.

We are hopeful of early resolution to this matter.

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NNF 2019/010 - BMSB 2018-19 Seasons Measures Update

NNF 2019/010 - BMSB 2018-19 Seasons Measures Update

As you may be aware based on information provided in past newsflashes, the CBFCA continues meeting with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. (DAWR) advocating for internal review of the BMSB policy and process, and ongoing lobby for improvements to limit the impact on members and their clients.

On Thursday 10 January 2019, CBFCA representatives along with other key industry Associations participated in a teleconference with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources Cargo Consultative Committee (DCCC), to obtain latest update on the 2018-19 BMSB seasons measures, proposed policy changes and discuss proposals by DCCC industry members options for addressing cargo clearance delays and BMSB measures.

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172-2018 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) - Processing Delays

172-2018 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) - Processing Delays

Further to the IAN (169-2018) of 27th November 2018 the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (the department) is continuing to experience issues with the S-Cargo system. This means that cargo reports lodged may experience processing delays.

The department is currently working to resolve the issue as a high priority.

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NNF 2018/344 - BMSB Offshore Treatment Provider Suspension

NNF 2018/344 -  BMSB Offshore Treatment Provider Suspension

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has published Import Industry Advice Notice 165- 2018 - Offshore Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Treatment Providers Scheme: treatment provider suspension: La Spezia Container Terminal (AEI: IT4013SB) and is forwarded for your information.

CBFCA Commentary:

This is not a good outcome for industry as such non compliance may result in increased random onshore surveillance inspection, at a time the DAWR is challenged to meet client service standards related to Assessment and Inspection Service, since the commencement of the BSMS season.

To manage the biosecurity risk DAWR rely on effective and efficient Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers Scheme. We can only hope other approved offshore treatment providers can comply with the BMSB treatment requirements as we cannot afford to lose confidence in the scheme.

Challenging times ahead for all involved in the import supply chain.

 

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BMSB UPDATE 28 - Vessel directed to leave Australian territory

BMSB UPDATE 28 - Vessel directed to leave Australian territory

Who does this notice affect?

Importers, self-reporting importers, depots, 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.

Vessel update

Following significant engagement with the shipping line and its operator, the department has reached a decision in relation to the vessel at anchor and its cargo.

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BROADCAST: NNF 2018/335 - BMSB Information update on goods manufactured on or after 1 December 2018

BMSB Information update on goods manufactured on or after 1 December 2018

 

Due to industry request for further clarification on the definition of manufactured date for BMSB purposes, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has reviewed the policy and updated the Preparing to import during the BMSB season webpage. The changes made are highlighted for you to note.

Check if certain manufactured goods are exempt from the BMSB measures

  • Are your goods manufactured on or after 1 December 2018? (A good is only considered to be manufactured on or after 1 December 2018 if all its large, complex components have also been manufactured after 1 Decemb​er 2018.)
  • Are your goods classed as new machinery, vehicles, vessels and/or new complex parts and equipment? This includes goods classified under the following tariff chapters only: 82, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88 and 89.
  • Are you able to provide evidence that the goods are manufactured on or after 1 December 2018? (Evidence can be in various forms such as a manufacturer’s declaration, commercial invoice)
  • Are you able to provide a declaration stating the goods are new, unused and not field tested?
  • Can the goods be verified they have been manufactured on or after 1 December 2018? (Evidence can be supported by labelling on the goods)

If you have answered yes to all the above questions, BMSB measures do not apply to your goods.

If sufficient evidence is not provided, or if on inspection the goods cannot be verified as being new and manufactured on or after 1 December 2018, the goods may be directed for export or onshore treatment (if permitted).

Any declaration stating that goods are new, unused and not field tested (NUFT) must meet minimum documentary and import declaration requirements.

 

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NNF 2018/326 - End of Interim process for the management of LCL/FAK containers for the 2018-19 BMSB risk season

End of Interim process for the management of LCL/FAK containers for the 2018-19 BMSB risk season

Further to earlier national newsflash NNF 2018/305, the following information has been published in the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources Import Industry Advice Notice 160-2018 - End of Interim process for the management of LCL/FAK containers for the 2018-19 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) risk season and is forwarded for your information.

Note: Enhancements to the department’s systems have been completed, and the management of LCL/FAK container process including cargo report holds for LCL/FAK containers will commence on 8 November 2018.

The interim measures which allowed all LCL/FAK containers shipped from target risk countries to move under bond, deconsolidate, and be managed at the consignment (Full Import Declaration - FID) level will no longer be permitted after this 8 November 2018.

 

 

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URGENT ADVICE: BMSB Update 24

URGENT ADVICE: BMSB Update 24

Who does this notice affect?

Master loaders (wholesle forwarders), importers, self-reporting importers, depots, 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.

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NNF 2018/313 - BMSB update on our ongoing advocacy

NNF 2018/313 - BMSB update on our ongoing advocacy

On Friday afternoon 19 October 2018, the Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council of Australia Inc. (CBFCA) representatives participated in a teleconference with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources Cargo Consultative Committee (DCCC) to again discuss issues that impact on our members, since the commencement of the BMSB risk season. 

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NNF 2018/305 - Interim process for the management of LCL/FAK containers for BMSB risk season

NNF 2018/305 - Interim process for the management of LCL/FAK containers for BMSB risk season

As referenced in NNF 2018/301, advising you that the cargo report profiles were deactivated by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (the department) for FAK/LCL containers, the department has now published its formal industry notice 145/2018 and is forwarded for your information.

145-2018 - Interim process for the management of LCL/FAK containers for the 2018-19 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) risk season

 

 

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NNF 2018/252 - Expected delays under 2018-19 BMSB seasonal measures

Expected delays under 2018-19 BMSB seasonal measures

The following information has been published in the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, Import Industry Advice Notice 116-2018 - Expected delays under 2018-19 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) seasonal measures and is forwarded for your information.

CBFCA Commentary

We are not surprised the department issued this notice as we expected this season’s measures to include goods manufactured in, or shipped from an expanded list of target risk countries to result in extensive clearance delays at the border based on last seasons experiences.

The additional workload associated with BMSB related clearances is likely to impact the department’s capacity to meet published service standards in the Client Service Charter more broadly and in particular entry processing and inspections.

This is due to a combination of factors, including the identification of treated and untreated containerised cargo, limited onshore capacity of storage facilities at approved arrangement sites and onshore treatment provider premises, and implementation of manual processes to accommodate industry’s request to allow onshore treatment option for LCL consignments.

While onshore treatment is allowed for FCL/FCX, FAK/LCL, the departments preference is offshore treatment.

Importers are strongly encouraged to have their target high risk goods treated by an approved offshore provider prior to arrival into Australia to facilitate clearance on arrival.

 

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Brown Marmorated Stink Bug – 2018-2019 Seasonal Measures

The BMSB Season is fast approaching and DAWR in Australia have now amended their Seasonal Measures to address the impending infestation threat.

DAWR have announced amended protocol allowing that FAK containers departing from a Target Risk Country can receive treatment from an Approved Offshore Treatment Provider prior to export OR may be fumigated onshore upon arrival.

Given the changed circumstances and logistical difficulties in GERMANY, ECU Worldwide Australia have undertaken to arrange fumigation at container level on arrival into Australian Ports for all Germany consignments.

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NNF 2018/202 - BMSB webpage update: Final measures for the 2018-19 BMSB season

BMSB webpage update: Final measures for the 2018-19 BMSB season

Further to update provided in NNF 2018/199 we received the following advice from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources advising us the Final measures for the 2018-19 BMSB season have now been published on the BMSB webpage.

 

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NNF 2018/199 - BMSB webpage update: Treatment methodologies and Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers Scheme

BMSB webpage update: Treatment methodologies and Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers Scheme

Further  NNF 2018/197 we received the following update from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources advising us of the BMSB webpage update: Treatment methodologies and Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers Scheme.

 

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NNF 2018/130 - Preparation for the 2018-2019 BMSB risk season

Preparation for the 2018-2019 BMSB risk season

The following information has been provided by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources in Import Industry Advice Notice 57-2018 - Preparation for the 2018-2019 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) risk season and is forwarded for your attention.

The department will soon commence information sessions in preparation for the 2018-19 BMSB season. These sessions will outline work underway on import requirement for next season, including possible extension to other countries.

 

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UPDATE 8 - Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) 

UPDATE 8 - Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) 

LCL - AWAITING OFFICIAL UPDATE

Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) and industry colleagues have been in regular contact with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources on revised processes in treating risk for LCL consignments - please refer to the latest notice "25-2018 - Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Risk Season 2017-18 - Amended process for LCL containerised goods from Italy"

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UPDATE 5 - Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) – imports from Italy – treatment with sulfuryl fluoride

UPDATE 5 - Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) – imports from Italy – treatment with sulfuryl fluoride  

Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) has received confirmation from the Department of Agriculture & Water Resources regarding the treatment of containerised goods with sulfuryl fluoride by registered treatment providers under the Methyl Bromide scheme.
 
“At this stage we don’t have a list of approved sulfuryl fluoride treatment providers.  Until there is a more formalised arrangement (i.e. registered providers) we will accept sulfury fluoride by any approved treatment provider under the Methyl Bromide scheme as long as it’s done at a Class 1 premise. (any class 1). In other words if a registered fumigator is willing to do it we’ll allow it”.
 
FTA understands that the department will be sending a similar advice to all Assessment Services staff around the country to ensure that this request is facilitated if received through COLS.
 
Tony Nikro – FTA / APSA

 

 

 
 

 

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Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs – imports from Italy – increased intervention commencing 17 January 

Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs – imports from Italy – increased intervention commencing 17 January

 

Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) has this evening 16 January 2018, received correspondence from the A/g Assistant Secretary Compliance Controls Branch, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources highlighting that there has been a significant number of BMSB detections arriving from Italy. These detections indicate that BMSB are sheltering in a range of containers and goods outside of those captured by existing measures.
 
To manage the risk posed by these goods, all containerised goods shipped via sea cargo from Italy that arrive in Australia between 17 January and 30 April 2018 will be required to undergo mandatory fumigation or heat treatment onshore.
 
Exceptions apply to goods treated offshore or that fall within one of the excluded tariff groups as outlined in the formal correspondence ...

 

 

 
 
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NNF 2017/316 - Import Industry Advice Notices 123

NNF 2017/316 - Import Industry Advice Notices 123

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

123-2017 - Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Risk Season 2017-18 increased inspections for goods from Italy

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Import Industry Advice Notice 113/2017

30 November 2017

Import Industry Advice Notice 113/2017

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Risk Season 2017-18 recent detections and alert for importers receiving containerised goods from Italy

has been published on the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources website and can be accessed via the following link:

Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Risk Season 2017-18 recent detections and alert for importers receiving containerised goods from Italy

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Stink Bugs fromThe USA

Management of seasonal risk of Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs from the USA

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