2017-18 BMSB season measures

​​​​​​​The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has found significant numbers of BMSB on arrival in Australia in various types of containerised goods arriving from Italy since 1 September 2017.

To manage the risk posed by these goods, all containerised goods (FCL, FCX and LCL) shipped via sea cargo from Italy that arrive in Australia between 17 January 2018 and 30 April 2018 will be required to undergo an approved treatment. Refer to Treat​ments below for approved treatment options for this pest.

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.

These increased measures only apply to goods shipped from Italy, and BMSB measures for goods from the USA or other countries have not been amended at this time.

Summary of increased measures for containerised goods from Italy

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Containerised goods from Italy – commenced 17 January 2018

From 17 January 2018, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources will introduce further measures to prevent BMSB arriving in Australia on cargo from Italy.

All containerised goods (FCL, FCX and LCL) arriving from Italy (including new and unused goods), including those already en route to Australia and goods yet to be lodged, will require treatment on arrival using an approved treatment for BMSB.

These measures are in addition to existing import requirements.

Goods already treated offshore with one of the approved BMSB treatments, and where a valid treatment certificate is presented to the department, will not require further treatment.

Exceptions

Exceptions also apply to goods that fall within one of the excluded tariff groups:

  • Fresh produce (including nursery stock and live plants)
  • Live animals
  • Food for human consumption (including beverages)
  • Seeds for sowing
  • Pharmaceutical products

See table BMSB Me​​asures for containerised goods from Italy – Excluded tariffs​ with details of related tariff codes​

Processing for containerised Italian cargo

Due to increased risk measures, profiles have been created to refer relevant entries to the department’s Agriculture Import Management System (AIMS).  Brokers are requested to lodge all documentation relating to the consignment into the COLS system and ensure that all documents meet the department’s documentary requirements

Lodging documents in COLS

To lodge entries for containerised goods from Italy, brokers should use

  • The Enquiry/Declaration function
  • Select Enquiry Type Quarantine document processing
  • Attach all documents relating to the consignment
  • Regardless if goods are exempt, brokers are asked to nominate a valid Approved Arrangement (AA) fumigation location, preferably with the AA registration number and name, in the Enquiry Information field.

Managing containerised goods arriving from Italy

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.

For further information, please see Frequently asked questions or contact Air and Sea Cargo.

Summary of other measures for BMSB

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Break bulk from Italy and USA

  • From 1 September 2017, all used goods in the target tariffs shipped as break bulk must be treated for potential BMSB infestations prior to shipment on or before 30 April 2018.
  • New goods in the target tariffs manufactured and/or stored between
    1 September 2017 and 1 December 2017 and shipped as break bulk on or before 30 April 2018 must undergo offshore treatment, unless subject to safeguarding arrangements approved by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.
  • New goods in the target tariffs manufactured on or after 1 December 2017 and shipped as break bulk on or before 30 April 2018 require a consignment specific manufacturer’s new and used and not field tested (NUFT) declaration which includes the date and place of manufacture.
  • Goods that arrive untreated must be treated onshore on wharf or at an Approved Arrangement Site 1.1 if safe to move. Treatment must occur within 48 hours of discharge at the wharf of arrival. If this cannot be arranged, the goods will not be permitted discharge but may be shipped to another port where treatment facilities are available or may be exported.
  • The department considers goods transported on flat rack containers to be break bulk cargo.

Containerised goods from USA only

  • FCL/ FCX containerised goods in the target tariffs are subject to the same requirements as break bulk
    • for used goods shipped between 1 September 2017 and 30 April 2018
    • for new goods manufactured and/or stored between 1 September 2017 and 1 December 2017
    • for new goods manufactured on or after 1 December 2017.
  • As with last season, LCL containerised goods will not be targeted under these measures.
  • FCL/FCX containerised goods that arrive untreated will require mandatory treatment onshore. Containers will be permitted discharge to the wharf if the seals are intact, and moved to either an Approved Arrangement Site 1.1 or 1.3 (if fumigation facilities are available) for treatment.

Break Bulk and goods from the USA manufactured after 1 December

New goods in the target tariffs manufactured on or after 1 December 2017 and shipped on or before 30 April 2018 do not require offshore treatment if they have a consignment specific manufacturer’s new and used and not field tested (NUFT) declaration which includes the date and place of manufacture. A good is only considered to be manufactured after 1 December if all its large, complex components have also been manufactured after 1 December.

Season dates

The season dates are the same as for the 2016-17 season. The measures apply to target goods shipped from the United States and Italy from 1 September 2017 to 30 April 2018 inclusive.

Target goods

From 17 January 2018, all containerised goods (FCL, FCX and LCL) arriving from Italy (including new and unused goods), including those already en route to Australia, will require treatment on arrival using methyl bromide, or another approved treatment for BMSB.  These measures are in addition to existing import requirements.

For goods from the USA and break bulk, as per last season, new and used vehicles, vessels and machinery will continue to be the primary target goods.

For further details on target goods for the 2017-18 season, see Target tariffs for the 2017-18 season  below.

Targeted inspections

The department will also be conducted targeted inspections throughout the BMSB season for specific goods from the United States and Italy, as well as countries of emerging BMSB concern. This activity is to ensure that the 2017-18 measures are effectively managing the BMSB risk. Industry also has a legal obligation under the Biosecurity Act 2015 to notify the department of risk issues, such as BMSB. Further information on Reportable Biosecurity Incidents is available on the department’s website.

Treatments

The approved treatments for BMSB are:

  • Sulfuryl fluoride – at least 48g/m3 for 6 hours or longer or at least 16g/m3 for 12 hours or longer both with an end point reading of 50 per cent or more of the initial concentration and conducted at a temperature of 10 °C or higher. Please note this temperature is 5 °C lower than the methyl bromide conditions below.
  • Methyl bromide – at least 16g/m3 for 12 hours or longer with an end point reading of 50per cent or more of the initial concentration and conducted at a temperature of 15 °C or higher. Please note this temperature is 5 °C higher than the sulfuryl fluoride conditions above.
  • Heat – at 50 °C or greater for at least 20 minutes. The minimum temperature of the coldest part of the treated good should reach at least 50 °C for at least 20 minutes.

Fumigators, approved by the department, to conduct the methyl bromide fumigations can be foun​d here.

Below are lists of approved arrangement sites approved to undertake these treatments.  These lists are current as of 31 January 2018.

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BMSB Methyl bromide treatment locations

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Treatment time before loading

  • Break bulk goods treated before 1 December 2017 must undergo treatment within 96 hours of loading.
  • Break bulk goods treated on or after 1 December 2017 are unlikely to become re-infested, so are not subject to a treatment window.
  • Containerised goods sealed in the container immediately after treatment and arriving seals intact are not subject to a treatment window.

Segregation of treated and untreated goods

It is advisable to keep treated and untreated break bulk goods physically segregated both on wharf prior to loading and on vessel. This will help avoid the risk of cross-contamination.

Treatment certificates

Treatment certificates must:

  • identify the cargo treated and include a unique identifiable link to the consignment
  • specify the date of BMSB treatment, the type of treatment, and the timeframe
  • specify the end point reading for methyl bromide and sulfuryl fluoride treatments
  • include a plastic wrap declaration.

The department’s documentary requirements policy is outlined in the departmental website. The Department has developed a new BMSB treatment certificate template to be used when submitting documentation into COLS.

BMSB treatment certificate

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BMSB Treatment Certificate PDF 2196 KB

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Bills of lading

Bills of lading must include the shipped on board date. The department uses the shipped on board date on the bill of lading as the date shipped from the US or Italy, thus determining whether target goods are subject to the seasonal measures.

Submission of documentation

If the required documents are not submitted in time or are incomplete, the goods will be regarded as untreated and directed for treatment onshore. Break bulk goods that cannot be verified as treated within 48 hours of discharge may be directed for export. It is therefore recommended that documents be lodged correctly, and at least 48 hours prior to vessel arrival.

Voluntary trapping

Light traps have been effective in previous seasons in capturing BMSB on board break bulk vessels, and facilitate early notification and proactive response to the pest.  Manufacturers, importers and shipping line operators are encouraged to operate traps at manufacturing and storage facilities, load ports and on board shipping vessels to monitor for the presence of the pest.  Voluntary implementation of vessel trapping may reduce the need of departmental verification of the vessel on arrival. Any detections of pests should be reported to Air and Sea Cargo immediately.

Alternative arrangements—safeguarding

Safeguarding is a detailed pest risk management plan/system that can be implemented by industry offshore in consultation with the department, as an alternative to the mandatory pre-shipment treatment requirements. Safeguarding arrangements will need to be approved by the department prior to departure of the goods for Australia. Information on safeguarding eligibility and requirements is available on the department’s website.

Charging

All charges for the department’s services in documentary processing, risk assessments and inspections will be directed to the owner/importer of the goods automatically, using existing entry management processes for all imported goods. This will be revised only if a new infestation of viable BMSB is detected on board a vessel prior to goods discharge to the wharf.

The department will not be charging for the assessment of applications for safeguarding arrangements.

BMSB Me​​asures for containerised goods from Italy – Excluded tariffs

Table – Goods from Italy Excluded from treatment for BMSB
CommodityTariff codes
1. Horticultural fresh produce Chapter 06
2. Seeds for sowing Chapter 1209
3. Nursery stock Chapter 06
4. Food for human consumption (including beverages) Chapters 02; 03; 04; 0504; 0505; 0510; 07; 08; 09; 10; 11; 12; 13; 15; 16; 17; 18; 19; 20; 21; 22;
5. Live animals Chapter 01; 03;
​​6. Pharmaceutical products ​​Chapter 30

2017-18 BMSB Measures - USA and Break Bulk only - Quick Reference Guide

Target CargoMode of entryTreatment requiredAdditional documentary requirements
Used goods in specified tariffs departing the US or Italy between 1 September and 30 April 2018 inclusive.Break bulkCleaning AND mandatory offshore treatment (if treated prior to 1 December, 96 hour treatment window applies).Treatment certificates lodged prior to arrival.
If documentary requirements are not met then the goods will be directed for treatment within 48 hours of arrival.
Used goods in specified tariffs departing the US between 1 September and 30 April 2018 inclusive.FCL/FCX containerisedTreatment certificates lodged prior to arrivalTreatment certificates lodged prior to release.
New goods in specified tariffs manufactured and/or stored in the US or Italy prior to 1 December, and shipped on or before 30 April 2018.Break bulkMandatory offshore treatment (if treated prior to 1 December, 96 hour treatment window applies)
OR
Accepted safeguarding arrangement.
Treatment certificate lodged prior to arrival
OR
Safeguarding proposal accepted prior to departure of goods and lodged prior to arrival.
If documentary requirements are not met then the goods will be directed for treatment within 48 hours of arrival.
New goods in specified tariffs manufactured and/or stored in the US prior to 1 December, and shipped seals intact on or before 30 April 2018.FCL/FCX containerisedMandatory offshore treatment (no treatment window)
OR
Accepted safeguarding arrangement.
Treatment certificates lodged prior to release
OR
Safeguarding proposal accepted prior to 1 September lodge prior to release.
New goods manufactured after 1 December* in the US or Italy and shipped on or before 30 April 2018.
* For a good to qualify as manufactured after 1 December, all of its large/complex components must also have been manufactured after 1 December.
Break bulkNUFT (New, unused and not field tested) declaration stating date and place of manufactureNew Unused Not Field Tested declaration stating date and place of manufacture and lodged prior to arrival.
If documentary requirements are not met then the goods will be directed for treatment within 48 hours of arrival.
New goods manufactured after 1 December* in the US and shipped on or before 30 April 2018.
* For a good to qualify as manufactured after 1 December, all of its large/complex components must also have been manufactured after 1 December.
FCL/FCX containerisedNUFT (New, unused and not field tested) declaration stating date and place of manufactureNew Unused Not Field Tested declaration stating date and place of manufacture lodged prior to release.

Target tariffs for the 2017-18 season

All containerised goods (FCL, FCX and LCL) arriving from Italy (including new and unused goods), including those already en route to Australia, will require treatment on arrival using methyl bromide, or another approved treatment for BMSB.  Only goods pre-treated offshore or covered in the Table above are excluded from this measure.

For the USA and break bulk complex goods that can harbour BMSB infestations are targeted, while lower risk goods are exempted.

The following table lists the tariffs that will be used to target break bulk and goods from the USA for 2017-18 season measures.

Chapter

Tariff

Description of heading (or chapter when all headings apply)

Exclusions from the target tariff

848426Ships' derricks; cranes, including cable cranes; mobile lifting frames, straddle carriers and works trucks fitted with a crane:
  • Containerised goods without an enclosed cabin
8427Fork-lift trucks; other works trucks fitted with lifting or handling equipment:
  • 84271000—electric forklifts
  • Containerised goods without an enclosed cabin
8428.90.00Other lifting, handling, loading or unloading machinery (for example, lifts, escalators, conveyors, teleferics): other machinery
  • Containerised goods without an enclosed cabin
8429Bulldozers, graders, road rollers, tampers etc.
  • Nil
8430Other moving, grading, levelling, excavating equipment
  • 8430.49.00 rock boring machines, containerised only.
8431Parts for 8425-8430
  • All 8431, containerised only.
8432Ploughs and agricultural soil prep machinery
  • 8432.90.00—parts, containerised only.
8433Harvesting, threshing or agricultural machinery, not food processing.
  • 8433.1—mowers for lawns, parks or sports grounds
  • 8433.20.00—Containerised goods without an enclosed cabin.
  • 8433.60.00—machines for cleaning, sorting or grading eggs, fruit, or other agricultural produce
  • 8433.90—parts, containerised only.
8436.80Other machinery
  • Nil
8479.10.00Machinery for public works, building or the like
  • Nil
868604Railway or tramway maintenance or service vehicles, whether or not self-propelled (for example, workshops, cranes, ballast tampers, trackliners, testing coaches and track inspection vehicles)
  • Nil
878701Tractors, not work trucks
  • 8701.10.00—pedestrian controlled tractors
8702Buses, minibuses, coaches
  • Nil
8703Motor cars and other motor vehicles, < 10 passengers
  • 8703.10.00—vehicles specially designed for travelling on snow; golf cars and similar vehicles
  • 8703.21.20— other vehicles, usually small all-terrain vehicles
8704Motor vehicles for the transport of goods
  • Nil
8705Special purpose motor vehicles, non-passenger
  • Nil
8707Bodies for motor vehicles, all types
  • Nil
8716Trailers and semi-trailers, other vehicles, no engine
  • 8716.80.00—golf buggies, other vehicles
  • 8716.90.00—parts, containerised only.
89all headingsSHIPS, BOATS AND FLOATING STRUCTURES Containerised jet skis, kayaks, personal sit/stand on watercraft, paddleboard, canoes, bare shells/hulls, buoys, floats, or deflated inflatable boats (not pontoons).

What to do if you notice insects on imported goods

The sooner the department knows about any suspect bugs, the better able it will be able to manage the risk. The Biosecurity Act 2015 requires persons in charge of goods that are subject to biosecurity control to notify the department of reportable biosecurity pests such as live pests. If you notice insects on imported goods, report them either:

See Reportable biosecurity incidents on the department’s website for more information.

Further information

For further information, please see Questions and Answers or contact Air and Sea Cargo.

Any changes to the above measures will be published in industry advice notices and via social media. To receive advice of changes, go to agriculture.gov.au/subscriptions to request an email when a new industry notice is issued, or go to the department’s twitter account, @DeptAgNews.

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