26 April 2017
Who does this notice affect?
This notice is relevant to international vessel masters, shipping agents and importers of timber and timber products.
What has changed?
From 26 April 2017, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources will conclude the vessel risk assessments under its annual heightened surveillance regime for Burnt Pine Longicorn (BPL) (Arhopalus ferus). In addition, timber and timber products imported from New Zealand will no longer be subject to specific import requirements that are applied during the BPL flight season.
This is following notification from the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries that the BPL flight season concluded at 24:00 hours (NZST) on 19 April 2017.
Vessels and timber and timber products departing New Zealand prior to 20 April 2017 will continue to be assessed, and inspected if required, to manage the BPL risk to Australia.
If you require further information please contact the Maritime National Coordination Centre or phone +61 8 8201 6185.
For current timber and timber product import conditions, please see BICON.
Related Industry Notice – 110/2016 – Commencement of Burnt Pine Longicorn (BPL) flight season measures for 2016-17.