30 April 2019
Who does this notice affect?
This notice is of interest to international vessel masters, shipping agents and importers of timber and timber products.
What has changed?
The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (the department) has been notified by the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (NZ MPI) that the BPL (Arhopalus ferus) flight season concluded on 15 April 2019. Following this advice, the department will cease vessel risk assessments under its annual heightened surveillance regime for BPL for those arriving in Australia, from New Zealand, on 30 April 2019.
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.
Contact the department’s Maritime National Coordination Centre (MNCC) by email or phone 1300 004 605 (in Australia) or +61 8 8201 6185 (outside Australia).
For current timber and timber product import conditions, please see BICON.
Related Industry Notice – 151/2018 – Commencement of Burnt Pine Longicorn (BPL) flight season measures for 2018-19.