What happens to your goods on arrival during the 2019-20 BMSB season

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    For the 2019-20 BMSB risk season, heightened biosecurity measures will apply to certain goods manufactured in, or shipped from, target risk countries between 1 September 2019 and 30 April 2020 (inclusive), that arrive in Australian territory by 31 May 2020 (inclusive).

    Target high risk goods shipped between 1 September and 30 April require mandatory treatment, and will be referred for intervention if they arrive by 31 May 2020. For goods that are shipped prior to 30 April and arrive after 31 May, they may be subject to intervention as required.

    Industry are strongly encouraged to have their target high risk goods treated offshore and by an approved provider (where possible) prior to arrival into Australian territory to minimise clearance delays and associated industry costs that may be incurred for onshore treatment.

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    What do I need to do before the goods arrive into Australia?

    Before your goods arrive into Australian territory, you must provide all relevant details about your goods and documents that will enable us to assess your goods on arrival. The following applies:

    • have all relevant documents including declarations and valid treatment certificates ready.
    • submit all treatment certificates and where applicable, ensure that the treatment provider’s AEI is entered in the Entity Identifier (AEI) field of the ICS or third party software, and that a copy of the treatment certificate is included when submitting documentation for assessment.
    • submit any other documentary evidence to support the treatment and/or movement of goods. These may be in the form of shipping declaration, packing declaration, etc.
    • ensure documents comply with the minimum document requirements and import declaration policy.
    • For Less than Container Load (LCL) and Freight of All Kinds (FAK) containers, Master Consolidators must lodge their MC declaration forms 5 business days prior to the first port of entry.
      • Where voyage duration is less than five business days, Master Consolidators are encouraged to provide a declaration within 24 hours of embarkation.
      • Late or failure to report may subject goods to delays on arrival including having the container held at the wharf.

    What are the emerging BMSB risk countries for the 2019-20 season?

    In addition to the measures for mandatory treatment of target high risk goods and increased onshore intervention of target risk goods from target risk countries, the department will also be undertaking a lower rate of random onshore inspections from identified emerging risk countries. 

    Goods emerging risk countries maybe selected for a random onshore inspection. For goods shipped as containerised cargo, they will be directed for seals intact and full unpack inspections supervised by a biosecurity officer. Goods shipped as break bulk will be directed for inspection at the wharf.

    The following countries have been identified as emerging risk countries for the 2019-20 BMSB risk season: Belarus, Denmark, Ireland, Moldova, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Kazakhstan and Chile.

    We are also monitoring other countries for the presence of BMSB through a lower rate of random inspections. These include all remaining European countries, Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan, Argentina, South Africa and Uruguay. 

    Treatment providers from emerging risk countries are encouraged to apply and register with the BMSB Offshore Treatment Providers Scheme as they may be required to treat target high risk goods from target risk countries.

    Will the department be conducting onshore random verification inspections this season?

    Throughout the BMSB season, all target high risk and target risk goods will be subject to onshore intervention through random verification inspections. Where BMSB is detected the goods will be directed for onshore treatment (if permitted) or export.

    Goods selected for a random inspection will be directed to an approved arrangement site for the inspection.

    • Break bulk goods will be directed for a full inspection at the wharf,
    • Containerised goods will be directed for a seals intact and full unpack supervised inspection at an approved arrangement site.

    If we suspect or detect BMSB, the department may use an inspection aid to further support the inspection process. During inspection, officers may at their discretion, use an inspection aid such as household aerosol insecticide spray.

    Industry may be directed to apply insecticide to be applied by an approved pest controller. This will be limited to large consignments of break bulk goods including vehicles where BMSB or other indicators have been detected and reported as per vessel reporting requirements.

    How can I book/ change an inspection or advise information about my goods?

    The department has published a new Request for Inspection Form for the BMSB risk season.

    The new form can be used by industry to book an inspection, advise relevant shipping information about the goods including if shipped in an open top or on a flat rack container, or are classified as hazardous goods, and where relevant, advise the department of a change in location for an inspection.

    The form will replace the need for industry to call the department and advise this information. The new Inspection form can be downloaded from the Request for Inspection Form webpage.

    A factsheet with further information on booking an inspection is available for download.

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    Where can I find a list of onshore treatment providers?

    Onshore treatment of target high risk goods is permitted for goods shipped in sealed six hard sided containers. Treatment must be conducted at the container level as deconsolidation or removal of goods will not be permitted prior to treatment.

    For goods shipped as break bulk, including those shipped in open top or as flat rack containers, onshore treatment is not permitted.  Untreated break bulk will be denied discharge and be directed for export on arrival.

    To find out where onshore treatments may be performed, visit our list of approved arrangement sites.

    Can onshore treatment providers stack containers for treatment?

    The following advice is provided to Biosecurity Industry Participants operating Approved Arrangements to manage the flow of onshore container treatments. Treatment providers conducting methyl bromide and sulfuryl fluoride fumigations should check the material safety data sheet (MSDS) and consult their local state fumigation licensing authority to determine if stacking containers for fumigation is permitted.

    If permitted by the MSDS and under local state fumigation licensing regulations, Biosecurity Industry Participants may vertically stack containers to increase the current capacity of fumigation pads.

    Treatment providers and AA sites seeking to vertically stack containers must ensure that they continue to comply with the requirements of the Methyl Bromide Fumigation Methodology and the Sulfuryl Fluoride Fumigation Methodology. In particular, sections 3.3.5 and 3.3.6, which stipulate that shipping containers under gas must not be moved until they have been ventilated.

    The fumigation of stacked containers may present additional risks. Treatment providers and AA sites remain responsible for the appropriate management of all risks associated with stacked treatments, including:

    • safety of personnel working at heights to prepare containers in accordance to requirements and undertaking subsequent leak checking, and
    • ventilation of the containers at the completion of the fumigation.

    For further information relating to stacking containers for treatment, please contact AA Canberra

    What happens if my goods are not compliant on arrival?

    Break bulk goods including those shipped in open top or on flat rack containers

    Untreated target high risk goods shipped as break bulk, including those shipped in open top or as flat rack containers, will not be permitted to discharge from the vessel and will be directed for export.

    Untreated target high risk break bulk, including those shipped in open top or as flat rack containers, that have already been discharged from the vessel will require containment of the risk such as envelope tarping within 24 hours, held at the wharf and will be directed for export within 48 hours of arrival. If the goods are not able to be exported within 48 hours of arrival, daily monitoring and inspection of the goods will be required until they are exported.

    All export activities will be supervised by a biosecurity officer and fee for service charges will apply.

    Containerised goods shipped in sealed six hard sided containers

    Onshore treatment of target high risk goods shipped in sealed six hard sided containers is permitted. Untreated target high risk goods shipped as containerised cargo will be directed for export if they cannot be treated at the whole container level or if the importer has chosen to export the goods.

    They may be directed to move to an approved arrangement site pending export which must be conducted within 7 days of arrival at the approved arrangement site.

    All export activities will be supervised by a biosecurity officer and fee for service charges will apply.

    Containerised goods shipped as Less than Container Load (LCL) in Freight of all Kinds (FAK) containers

    Goods shipped as LCL consignments in FAK containers from target risk countries will be managed at the container level for BMSB risk. If the container has untreated target high risk goods, they will directed for onshore treatment at the container level on arrival. Deconsolidation or segrating the goods is not permitted prior to treatment. Offshore treatment of LCL consignments and FAK containers with target high risk goods from target risk countries is preferred. The container will be directed for export if treatment at the container level is not possible.

    All export activities will be supervised by a biosecurity officer, fee for service charges will apply.

    Can I use Automatic Entry Processing for Commodities (AEPCOMM) for goods subject to the seasonal measures?

    Yes, you can. To assist you in lodging declarations under the AEPCOMM approved arrangement during BMSB season, the BMSB hitchhiker pests BICON case has been updated to include AEPCOMM pathways and codes (available through your BICON AEPCOMM user access).

    Please remember for goods treated by an approved offshore treatment provider, enter their AEI number in the AEI field of the import declaration in conjunction with the applicable AEPCOMM code as specified in the BICON hitchhiker case.

    During the 2018-2019 BMSB risk season there was an under utilisation of the systems in place to make the clearance of goods subject to BMSB measures more efficient. Only 30% of eligible declarations were processed via AEPCOMM.

    There was also underutilisation of the AEI field where goods had been treated by an offshore treatment provider.  Remember – when you use AEPCOMM and AEI you can reduce processing delays. Use:

    • AEPCOMM for goods subject to target high risk BMSB measures.
    • AEPCOMM to manage the clearance of other goods subject to biosecurity.

    By using AEPCOMM this frees up critical resources to better manage the volumes of cargo during peak arrival periods.

    Do I need to provide a treatment certificate during lodgement of my goods?

    Target high risk goods will be subject to documentary assessment and random onshore inspection.

    Goods treated by a registered and approved offshore treatment provider under the Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers Scheme

    • Treatments conducted by an approved offshore treatment provider may be verified and matched by the department using a Offshore Treatment Certificate Register provided by the offshore treatment provider.
    • If there is a valid treatment certificate provided by the treatment provider and the documents match, the goods will be released from BMSB intervention if there are no other biosecurity concerns, however may be subject to random verification inspection.
    • If there is no valid treatment certificate provided by the treatment provider, the goods will be subject to documentary assessment due to no match. This will require the following:
      • A valid treatment certicate must be provided by the offshore treatment provider to the Offshore Treatment Certificate Register, and
      • The Customs Broker is required to provide a valid treatment certificate through COLS for assessment.

    Goods treated by an unregistered offshore treatment provider in a target risk country

    Treatments conducted by an unregistered* offshore treatment provider in a target risk country will not be accepted. Where goods are not treated by an approved offshore treatment provider, they will be assessed on arrival as being untreated, and will be directed for onshore treatment (if permitted), or will be denied discharge and directed for export on arrival.

    * An unregistered treatment provider is a provider who has not registered and been approved for the Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers Scheme.

    Goods treated by an unregistered offshore treatment provider in a non-target risk country

    Treatments conducted by unregistered offshore treatment providers in non-target risk countries will be accepted. These goods will be referred for documentary assessment. Customs Brokers must provide a valid treatment certificiate through COLS for assessment by the department.

    Treatments conducted by an unregistered* offshore treatment provider in non-target risk countries will be assessed to determine if they are valid.

    • If the certificate is valid and meets our requirements, the goods will be released from BMSB intervention if there are no other biosecurity concerns, however may be subject to random verification inspection.
    • If the certificate is not valid, the goods will be assessed as being untreated and will be subject to onshore treatment (if permitted), export or destruction.

    * An unregistered treatment provider is a provider who has not registered and been approved for the Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers Scheme.

    Addressing all other biosecurity requirements in addition to BMSB risk

    Goods will be subject to all other biosecurity requirements, which may include documentary assessment and/or inspection after the BMSB risk has been addressed.

    What happens if my goods are treated by a suspended offshore treatment provider?

    We monitor and review detections of BMSB risk of goods treated by registered and approved offshore treatment providers under the Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers Scheme. Where detections of BMSB risk are found, and/or where we consider the treatment provider has not followed the treatment methodology, they may be suspended and subject to further assessment/audit.

    Goods are shipped as break bulk, including open top or flat rack containers prior to the suspension

    Break bulk goods that were shipped on or prior to the relevant treatment provider being suspended (goods in-transit to Australia at the time of suspension), or shipped on board a vessel within 120 hours after the suspension, will be permitted to discharge/unload on arrival, providing that assurance can be given to the department that any potential BMSB risk will be contained on arrival and mitigated. These goods may be subject to further inspection after onshore treatment.

    To provide assurance to the department a risk management plan must be submitted to the department via email to seasonal pest policy, prior to the goods arriving into Australia and before discharge. The plan must include:

    • Details on how the goods will be contained to manage the potential BMSB risk within 24 hours of arrival (for example, sufficient tarping to contain the risk such as envelope tarping), and
    • Confirmation that the goods can be treated within 48 hours by a department approved onshore treatment provider either at the wharf or, at an approved arrangement site within the port precinct.

    Goods are shipped as break bulk, including open top or flat rack containers after the suspension

    Break bulk goods that were shipped after the relevant treatment provider was suspended will not be permitted to discharge/unload within Australian territory or if it has been unloaded from the vessel, will be directed for immediate containment and export. These goods will be assessed the same as other non-compliant break bulk goods.

    Goods shipped as break bulk, including open top or flat rack containers, and arrived or discharged prior to the suspension

    Break bulk goods that have been discharged prior to, or on the date the relevant treatment provider was suspended will be permitted for onshore treatment. These goods will be directed for appropriate containment of potential BMSB risk and treatment within 48 hours of arrival. If the goods cannot be treated within 48 hours, they may be directed for export, based on timeliness of treatment or export options. Break bulk goods treated onshore may be subject to further inspection.

    Goods shipped as containerised cargo in sealed six hard sided containers

    Goods that have been shipped in sealed six hard sided containers and treated by a suspended offshore treatment provider will continue to be permitted to discharge/unload on arrival as per the current processes. These goods will be directed for onshore treatment by a department approved treatment provider. Deconsolidation or segregation of goods will not be permitted prior to treatment and may be subject to further inspection.

    Where can I find fees and charges information?

    Under the Biosecurity Charges Imposition (General) Regulation 2016 and the Biosecurity Regulation 2016, fees are payable to the department for all services. Details on how the department applies fees and levies can be found in the charging guidelines.

    Compensation of fees and charges

    Provisions of compensation by the department is covered under the Biosecurity Act 2015 (the Act). The compensation provisions do not provide for the payment of compensation to reimburse a cost-recovery charge for assessment and inspection activities that is due and payable under the Act. The Act also doesn’t cover compensation for fees charged for storage or handling by industry or operators.

    Further information on the seasonal measures

    For further information regarding BMSB measures, visit the Seasonal Measures for BMSB webpage or for policy questions email Seasonal Pest Policy


    BMSB online forms

    Click to through to the BMSB online forms page for information and lodgement of:

    • Master Consolidator Declaration Form
    • Offshore Treatment Certificate Form