BMSB Update

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Henning Harders has attended information sessions held by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) at this time we can advise the below. Please ensure you refer to the official website for updated information as the processes are fluid as DAWR work hard to ensure we prevent this potentially devastating bug from entering Australia.

What you need to know

For all goods shipped on or between 1 September 2018 and 30 April 2019 from the below list of Targeted risk countries.

Target risk countries

  • United States of America
  • Italy
  • Germany
  • France
  • Russia
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Romania
  • Georgia
  • Japan (heightened vessel surveillance will be the only measure applied).

All Containerised cargo (including FCL/LCL/FAK/FCX shipments) and/or Breakbulk out of the above list of countries must be treated prior to arriving or being released into Australia if they are considered Targeted ‘High Risk’ Goods or Targeted Risk goods as follows:


Targeted ‘High Risk’ Goods

Targeted High-Risk Goods which are shipped as breakbulk, in open top containers or on flat rack containers will no longer be accepted into Australia without off shore treatment. Should goods arrive into Australia without having been fumigated or treated off shore, they will be directed for export or destroyed. (this information is being updated daily, please refer to the website below for the most accurate information)

Targeted High-Risk Goods which are shipped as LCL (less than container load), FAK (freight of all kinds or FCL/FCX (full containers) also require mandatory treatment either off-shore prior to shipping or on-shore after arrival, prior to being released into Australia.

It is highly recommended that treatment is performed offshore though to avoid delivery delays to customers due to impending backlog of shipments being treated here.

Further to this, any off-shore treatment providers must be accredited by the Department of Agriculture for their treatments to be accepted.

Below is the current target ‘high risk’ goods which as explained above will no longer be accepted without off shore fumigation. If goods are not treated off shore by an accredited provider, then the shipments will be directed for destruction or re-export.


Target ‘Risk’ goods

Goods in this category will be subject to increased onshore intervention through random inspection. If BMSB is detected the goods will be directed for onshore treatment.

All tariffs under the following chapters are categorised as target risk goods.


Exempted goods

BMSB seasonal measures do not apply to goods not identified as ‘target high risk’ and ‘target risk’.

What do you need to do?
Ensure your suppliers are using approved fumigation facilities. Please ensure your supplier and their fumigation providers consult the “Offshore BMSB treatment providers scheme” list, if they are not approved they can apply for approval here:

http://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/before/pests/brown-marmorated-stink-bugs/offshore-treatment-providers

Please ensure Henning Harders receive copies of treatment certificates prior to departure to minimise risk of having goods destroyed or re-exported at your cost.

Advise your Henning Harders Key Account Manager at the time you are placing an order with your supplier, prior to ready date, and include a list of all goods to be shipped which notes the country of manufacture, so that we can assist in identifying prior to ‘ready-to-ship’ dates any items listed which may require treatment.

This advice is current as at 8th August 2018, please refer to the following website for the most current information. It is critical that we work with DAWR to ensure this pest does not enter Australia, which could have devastating effects on our economy.

http://www.agriculture.gov.au/bmsb

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