Management of LCL and FAK containers during the 2019-20 Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) risk season

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Under the 2019-20 BMSB seasonal measures, Less than Container Load (LCL) consignments and Freight of All Kinds (FAK) containers with target high risk goods, will be managed at the container level and new reporting requirements by Master Consolidators for LCL/FAK containers will be required as published through Industry Advice Notice 89-2019  (Final measures for the 2019-20 BMSB risk season).

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How will LCL/FAK containers be managed this season?

To assist the onshore management of LCL/FAK containers, including enabling the timely movement of containers on arrival from the wharf, Master Consolidators will be required to provide a Master Consolidator declaration form  no less than five business days prior to the first port of arrival in Australia. Where a voyage duration is less than five business days, Master Consolidators are encouraged to provide a declaration within 24 hours of embarkation.

To streamline the manual process of managing BMSB risk for LCL/FAK containers, Master Consolidators will be required to register with the department and be allocated with an individual Master Consolidator Identification number (MC ID). This number be used with all declarations made for the LCL/FAK process during the BMSB risk season.

Master Consolidators must register, as they will not be able to lodge LCL/FAK declarations. Failure to report in time or meet the required declaration criteria including use of MC ID number may result in goods being subject to delays including having containers held at the wharf pending permission to move for up to 35 days. 

Where goods are a mix of target high risk, target risk or goods not covered by the measures, the whole container will be assessed at the highest risk and managed at the container level. It is important when hubbing goods to be aware of all goods in the FAK as deconsolidation of containers will not be permitted prior to treatment on arrival.

The department has developed a flowchart outlining the LCL/FAK intervention measures for the 2019-20 BMSB risk season. 

BMSB Intervention for LCL and FAK containers flowchart

How do I register as a Master Consolidator?

Master Consolidators intending to provide declarations about LCL/FAK containers to the department, you must register for a Master Consolidator ID (MC ID) with a unique email address with the MC ID Registration form. Once registered you will be able to access the form with authenticated access. Master Consolidator’s are required to provide the requested information to SPP@agriculture.gov.au.

Registering for a MC ID

MC IDs will be generated under the ABN of a company and will be recorded at a branch level. The department will provide a unique MC ID for each branch upon receipt of the following registration details:

Company Information:

  1. Company Name.
  2. ABN of company.
  3. Company Address.
  4. Company Phone.
  5. Company Email Address.
  6. AIMS account /Comcode (if existing).

Branch Information:

  1. Branch Name.
  2. Branch Address.
  3. Branch Phone.
  4. Branch Email Address.
  5. If you would like to be issued a new AIMS/Comcode for each branch.

Registering users for online access to BMSB forms

You can nominate individual users to be registered and assigned access to the necessary online declaration forms. The department will provide a unique details for each registered user upon receipt of the following registration details.

User Information:

  1. Given Name.
  2. Surname.
  3. User Email Address.
  4. Branch Name.

Note - If an individual needs access to lodge MC declarations for multiple branches, separate user accounts must be setup for that individual and each account can be linked to a single branch.

What happens if I don’t register to lodge MC declarations, and my goods are referred for onshore BMSB intervention?

Master Consolidators must first be registered with the department and have received an individual MC ID to be able lodge a declaration.

Where goods are shipped as LCL consignment in a FAK container, and are identified as requiring BMSB intervention at the container level, and a MC declaration has not been lodged, those containers will be held at the wharf until the Master Consolidator provides a declaration about the BMSB risk status of the container. A hold message preventing the movement and deconsolidation of the container will advise the cargo reporter to contact the relevant Master Consolidator to submit a MC Declaration for the LCL/FAK container.

If there is no contact or declaration made by the relevant Master Consolidator for the container after 35 business days, the container will be directed for export.

New registration applications can take up to 2-3 business days to process. Master Consolidators who have not yet registered, but expect to be managing LCL/FAK containers subject to the 2019-20 BMSB measures are encouraged to register early.

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How do I apply to become an AIMS Account Client?

For each MC ID, it is preferred an AIMS account is registered as this will assist with timelier clearance of LCL/FAK containers. If an AIMS account is not registered, the manual processing of payments will be required, prior to action/release of those LCL/FAK containers.

Those who wish to become an AIMS account client must be able to meet the set criteria, including meeting minimum lodgement volumes per year.

Further information can be found on the department’s Fees and Charges webpage.

What are the declaration options for LCL/FAK containers?

A Master Consolidator Declaration must be made via the online form using an authenticated access (MC ID, email and password) obtained when registered with the department.

There are five types of declarations that can be made by the Master Consolidator about the LCL/FAK container:

Treated Offshore - The entire container has been treated offshore

  • Containers with target high risk goods that have been treated offshore at the container level by an approved treatment provider and have a valid treatment certificate. These containers will be permitted to move from the wharf on arrival.
  • Containers with target high risk goods that have been treated offshore at the container level by a treatment provider that requires assessment by the department, will be assessed where possible, prior to arrival to enable timely clearance including movement from the wharf.
  • Containers that do not meet the offshore treatment requirements will be directed for onshore treatment at the container level or export.

Partial Treatment - All target high risk goods inside the container have been treated offshore

  • Containers that contain target high risk goods that have been treated separately offshore by an approved treatment provider and have valid treatment certificates. These goods will be permitted to move from the wharf on arrival.
  • Containers with target high risk goods treated offshore by a treatment provider that requires assessment by the department will be assessed where possible, prior to arrival to enable timely clearance including movement from the wharf.
  • Containers that do not meet the offshore treatment requirements will be directed for onshore treatment at the container level or export.

Treatment onshore - The entire container is nominated for onshore treatment

  • Containers with target high risk goods that have not been treated offshore and have been nominated for onshore treatment. These containers will be permitted to move from the wharf on arrival to the nominated approved arrangement site for treatment at the container level.
  • Once treatment is completed, the container will be permitted to deconsolidate.
  • If a container cannot be effectively treated (for example, the container is over packed and/or has impervious packaging), the Master Consolidator will be contacted and must provide an alternate arrangement otherwise the container will be directed for export.

Nil Risk - There are nil target high risk goods inside the container

  • Containers identified as having with nil target high risk goods will be permitted to move from the wharf on arrival and deconsolidate, provided sufficient evidence has been provided with the declaration.
  • Master Consolidators will be monitored for non-compliance of nil risk and partially treated container declarations. Where continued non-compliance is found, nil risk and partial treatment declarations will not be permitted, which will result in subsequent declarations requiring those containers to be directed for onshore treatment or export.
  • The department has published a BMSB Nil Risk template for industry use on the BMSB Preparing to import goods webpage.

Unknown Risk - Container to be held pending further information

  • Where the Master Consolidator is unable to provide evidence of all the consignments, the container may be held seals intact for up to 35 business days, or until evidence is provided that all FIDS are lodged and ready for assessment by the department to be either:
  • released and allowed to deconsolidate (if there are no target high risk goods), or
  • directed for onshore treatment at the container level (if there are target high risk goods), or
  • directed for export if treatment is not preferred (if there are target high risk goods).

If a declaration is not provided prior to arrival, the container will be held at the wharf using the new Seasonal Pest hold until the Master Consolidator provides a declaration. If there is no contact or declaration made by the Master Consolidator for the container after 35 business days, the container will be directed for export.

All target high risk and target risk goods will be subject to increased onshore intervention through random verification inspections and will be directed for onshore treatment if BMSB is detected.

How do I complete the BMSB Master Consolidator Declaration Form?

The Master Consolidator declaration is an online form located on the BMSB webpage. The form can also be accessed through the importing into Australia page under BMSB Season 2019-20 lodgements.

Master Consolidators must first be registered with the department and have received a MC ID to be able lodge a declaration.

Complete all fields on each tab on the form noting that some fields marked by an asterisk (*) are mandatory and some fields may be populated from a drop down box. For questions with a drop down box make sure to select the answer from the drop down box. For further help and tips about the fields hover the mouse cursor over the field’s information icon.

As part of the registration process the department will provide Master Consolidators with an email containing your MC ID, a temporary password and a link to the online declaration form to set your own password.

Master Consolidator declarations will be monitored throughout the season for non-compliance including monitoring of withdrawals. Where continued non-compliance is found, the department may direct all future LCL/FAK containers for that MC ID for onshore treatment or subject to full assessment of all import declarations or export.

Detailed instructions on how to login and lodge a Master Consolidator Declaration Form.

What is the process for LCL/FAK containers with target high risk goods shipped via non-target risk countries?

LCL/FAK containers will be managed for BMSB risk at the container level. This includes LCL consignments that have been shipped from a target risk countries then hubbed in a non-target risk country and shipped to Australia in a FAK container.

Below are some common examples of where target high risk goods being managed at the LCL/FAK level will require mandatory treatment under the seasonal measures. These examples can also be followed by using the Scenarios for LCL/FAK hubbing flowchart.

Example 1

Target high risk goods which have been manufactured in target risk country and are shipped as LCL/FAK container directly from a target risk country to Australia, will be subject to the seasonal measures and mandatory treatment applies to the goods at the container level. No deconsolidation will be permitted prior to treatment.  

Example 2

Target high risk goods manufactured in target risk country, then shipped as LCL/FAK container from a target risk country to a non-target risk country, to be deconsolidated and reconsolidated (hubbed) and then shipped as LCL/FAK container from the non-target risk country to Australia will be subject to the seasonal measures and mandatory treatment applies to the goods at the container level. No deconsolidation will be permitted prior to treatment.

Example 3

Target high risk goods manufactured in target risk country, then shipped as LCL/FAK container from a target risk country to a non-target risk country, and the target high risk goods enter for domestic consumption/ storage in that country. These goods may be stored for any length of time, then if shipped during the BMSB risk season as LCL/FAK directly from the non-target risk country to Australia. In this instance mandatory treatment will not apply but the goods will be subject to random onshore inspections.

Example 4

Target high risk goods manufactured in target risk country, then shipped as  LCL/FAK container from a target risk country to a non-target risk country, and the target high risk goods enter for domestic consumption/storage in that country. These goods may be stored for any length of time, then if shipped during the BMSB risk season as FCL/FCX container or as break bulk from the non-target risk country to Australia. In this instance mandatory treatment will apply to the goods at the container level. No deconsolidation will be permitted prior to treatment.

BMSB 2019-20 Risk season Hubbing flow chart

What are my responsibilities under the 2019-20 BMSB risk season?

Master Consolidators - What are they expected to do this season?

  • Register with the department for a Master Consolidator ID, user access and password prior to the start of the season
  • Provide declarations about the risk status of arriving LCL/FAK containers at least 5 business days
  • Prior to their arrival using the online form, or within 24 hours of embarkation for voyages less than 5 business days. Including providing supporting documentation with the declarations.
  • Work with relevant brokers, importers, treatment providers and wharf operators to manage the risk and movement of the LCL/FAK containers

Wharf Operators - What are they expected to do this season?

  • Be aware a new container level hold has been developed for the 2019-20 BMSB season replacing use of the Giant African Snail (GAS) hold for BMSB.
  • The Seasonal Pest referral (SP hold) will refer LCL/FAK containers for BMSB intervention
  • Continue managing and segregating LCL/FAK containers for Giant African Snail as per normal Country Action List processes
  • Ensure any LCL/FAK container that is flagged for BMSB intervention is segregated from others and held until they are permitted to move to an approved arrangement site or 77G depot.

Onshore treatment providers - What are they expected to do this season?

  • Ensure any LCL/FAK container that is referred for onshore BMSB treatment remains intact until treatment is completed
  • Provide notice to the relevant approved arrangement holder if the LCL/FAK container is not suitable for treatment (for example, the container is over packed and/or has impervious packaging and effective treatment is not possible)
  • Be See.Secure.Report aware, if you see something that could have entered Australia with imported goods report it to See. Secure. Report on 1800 798 636 or complete the online form.

Managing expected onshore delays

Importers should note the policy to allow onshore treatment of LCL and FAK containers is expected to result in increased clearance delays at the border due to increased volumes of cargo being referred into the system, and limited onshore capacity of storage facilities at approved arrangement sites and onshore treatment provider premises.

To minimise clearance delays, industry are encouraged to have their target risk goods treated offshore and at container level, where possible. Master consolidator declarations must be lodged accurately and against relevant reporting time lines to assist with identifying and assessing these containers. 

Further information on the seasonal measures including treatment requirements is available on the Seasonal Measures for BMSB webpage.

Managing the onshore risk

Importers shipping consignments to Australia during the BMSB risk season should ensure their stakeholders are aware of the risk of BMSB infestation and the importance of preventing infestation prior to shipping.

When deconsolidating goods, care should be taken to inspect locations where BMSB may congregate, including crevices or protected areas of shipping containers, inside the goods, or within packaging material. If BMSB are detected, operators and staff must follow normal procedures to secure goods to limit any movement of insects and notify the department immediately.

If you see something that could have entered Australia with imported goods report it to See. Secure. Report. On 1800 798 636 or complete the online form.

Where can I get further information?

For further information regarding the policy for BMSB measures, visit the Seasonal Measures for BMSB webpage  or email bmsbprocessing@agriculture.gov.au

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.

Privacy Notice

Personal information means information or an opinion about an identified individual, or an individual who is reasonably identifiable. Personal information that is collected under or in accordance with the Biosecurity Act 2015 is also 'protected information' under the Biosecurity Act.

The Department of Agriculture collects your 'protected information' including personal and sensitive information in relation to this request to Master Consolidators to contact the department by email under the Biosecurity Act 2015 for the purposes of managing containers for BMSB seasonal measures and related purposes. If you fail to provide some or all of the relevant personal information requested in this advice the department may be unable to process the management of containers held for BMSB purposes. Information collected by the department will only be used or disclosed as authorised under the Biosecurity Act 2015.

See our Privacy Policy to learn more about accessing or correcting personal information or making a complaint. Alternatively, telephone the department on +61 2 6272 3933.



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