Henning Harders May Newsletter

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Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) 

DAWE have now published two new dates as the next phase of Khapra Beetle urgent action reform. 

The department is implementing urgent actions to address the risk of Khapra Beetle (Trogoderma Granarium) entering Australia. The urgent actions are being implemented in phases and will result in changes to import conditions for plant products and sea containers. The changes to sea containers will be implemented in two phases, known as Phase 6A and Phase 6B.

Phase 6A: 

From 12 July 2021, measures for target risk sea containers that are packed with all other types of goods in Khapra Beetle target risk country and will be unpacked in a rural grain growing area of Australia. 

This a significant change to the importing community as it does not just focus on specific grain products imported, rather it is at container level no matter what commodity is inside to be unpacked in the considered rural grain areas in Australia. 

A target risk container is defined as a Full Container Load/Full Container Consolidated (FCL/FCX) where:

If an importer has a FCL/FCX container where other goods are packed into the sea container in a Khapra Beetle target risk country and will be unpacked in a rural grain growing area of Australia, then Containers must be treated offshore (prior to packing*) using an approved treatment option and accompanied by a valid treatment certificate.
*Note: treatment of containers already loaded with goods is acceptable for methyl bromide treatment only.

The three treatment options are: Methyl Bromide, Heat Treatment and Insecticide Spray.

Again, containers must be treated offshore (prior to packing with only Methyl Bromide the allowed treatment measure if already packed with goods). 

Importation will not be allowed. Onshore treatment will not be allowed under standard practice. 

This link below outlines the rural grain growing postcodes of Australia which will be subject to the department’s urgent Khapra Beetle measures for sea containers. 
Khapra Urgent Actions: Rural Grain Growing Postcodes (agriculture.gov.au)


End of 2020-21 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug season.

We have reached the end of another BMSB season, and the department is busy planning and preparing measures for the 2021-22 BMSB risk season, which will soon be upon us.

Below is a summary of BMSB detections for this season compared to the same period last season:

This season saw a decrease in the number of live detections at Biosecurity entry points, indicating the biosecurity policy continues to be successful in minimising the risk posed by BMSB.

Of concern is increasing detections in the post border environment from pathway supply chains not currently targeted (air cargo and mail) by the current seasonal measures.

Up until 13 May 2021, there were 17 live and 178 detections of dead BMSB at Biosecurity intervention points. Post Biosecurity comprised 14 live and 13 dead BMSB detections.

Most common concerns

Most concerns identified during the season were around:

  • Untreated break bulk, flat racks or open top containers – target high risk goods shipped to Australia without being treated offshore or exceeding the 120-hour window post treatment window resulted in over 55 consignments being directed for export.
  • Onshore treatments – containers were packed in such a way as to not allow for treatment to be conducted inside the container effectively resulting in goods being directed to a Class 4.7 Approved Arrangements for further intervention.
  • Mixing of small volumes of untreated target high risk goods with goods not subject to treatment resulting in whole consignments requiring treatment or containers being exported.

DAWE have indicated that the Safeguarding Arrangement Scheme will be retained for 2021/2022. 

We urge our customers to seriously consider the advantaged of the program, below is an overview & the benefits. If this is of interest, please contact Andrew Crawford or Steve Butler at Harders Advisory to discuss how the program can work for you. 

Overview: 

Part of the 2020-21 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) seasonal measures, the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (the department) has made a Safeguarding Arrangements Scheme available to industry stakeholders/importers. The Safeguarding Arrangements Scheme (the scheme) provides an alternate clearance pathway for goods imported as sea cargo during the BMSB risk season. It also provides recognition of the ability of approved participants to manage seasonal hitchhiker pest risk offshore, from the point of manufacture to the point of embarkation (point of export) to Australia in line with eligibility criteria.

Benefits:

The scheme provides a shared approach between government and industry in the management of seasonal hitchhiker pest risk and offers many benefits, including:

  • Opportunity for participants to implement systems to manage seasonal hitchhiker pest risk, including BMSB.
  • Reduction of biosecurity risks and risk-management costs associated with seasonal hitchhiker pests.
  • Recognition of offshore quality assurance procedures implemented by participants.
  • Potential to reduce clearance delays at the border with reduced intervention through recognition of approved offshore Safeguarding systems.
  • Increased level of confidence by the department in the integrity of goods arriving at the border.
  • Reduced costs through alternate management methods.
  • Reduced omissions from dangerous gases and ozone depleting substances.

Australian Border Force (ABF)

Strike Force Arced

Three arrested after meth lollipops and cocaine lollies seized.

Detectives have arrested three men over their alleged involvement in the importation of methylamphetamine and cocaine concealed in lollipops and lollies from the United States. 

In early November 2020, ABF officers at the Sydney Gateway Facility mail centre intercepted three packages that arrived in Sydney from the United States containing methylamphetamine and cocaine. 

Officers from Northern Beaches Police Area Command were notified and established Strike Force Arced to investigate the importations, with assistance from The Department of Home Affairs and US Homeland Security. 

As part of inquiries, authorities seized 5.83 kilograms of methylamphetamine and 655 grams of cocaine, contained in 16 parcels bound for the Northern Beaches, Parramatta, Macquarie Park, Chatswood and Ryde, between November 2020 and March 2021. The seizures – which have an estimated potential street value of $3.5 million – included methylamphetamine packaged as lollipops and cocaine pressed as lollies. 

Strike Force Kansa
Investigation launched after almost $100 million of ‘ice’ located concealed in BBQ grills.

Joint Media Release with NSW Police:

“A joint investigation has been launched following the seizure of almost $100 million of ‘ice’ concealed in electric barbeque grills and water heaters.

On Tuesday 4 May 2021, officers from the Australian Border Force (ABF) intercepted a consignment which arrived by sea cargo at Port Botany from Thailand.

The consignment of 62 large cardboard boxes, which was declared to contain food items and electric barbeque grills, was examined by ABF officers, who noted inconsistencies.

During a subsequent deconstruction, the consignment was found to contain about 316kg of a crystallised substance.

The substance was tested and returned a presumptive positive result for methylamphetamine (ice), which has an estimated potential street value of $94.5 million.

Inquiries were subsequently commenced by detectives from the NSW Police Force’s Organised Crime Squad, together with officers from ABF, Australian Federal Police and NSW Crime Commission.”

Do not let criminal activities and insider traders get into or disrupt your business. We recommend you look at becoming an Australian Trusted Trader. If you need any assistance or advice, please contact Andrew Crawford or Steve Butler from our advisory team.

If you are not a trusted trader, then you are NOT a Trusted Trader!

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