What happens to your goods on arrival during the BMSB season

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  • Updated information on random inspections for goods from emerging risk countries

What you need to do before importing

You must comply with seasonal measures for certain goods arriving from certain countries that are shipped as sea cargo to Australia between 1 September 2018 and 30 April 2019 inclusive.

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.

Before your goods arriving 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. Make sure you:

  • lodge your cargo reports and Full Import Declarations (FIDs) as early as possible and accurately
  • have all relevant documents including declarations and valid treatment certificates
  • submit all documents as generally required for cargo reporting
  • submit all treatment certificates and where applicable, ensure that the treatment provider’s AEI is entered in the AQIS 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.

Assessment

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

Goods that have been treated offshore will be assessed as follows.

Offshore treatments conducted by an approved BMSB treatment provider

Treatments conducted by an approved offshore treatment provider may be verified and matched with a treatment certificate 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 requirement, however may be subject to random verification inspection.
  • If there is no valid treatment certificate provided by the treatment provider, the goods will be assessed as being untreated and will be subject to onshore treatment (if allowed), export or destruction.

Offshore treatments conducted by an unregistered treatment provider

Treatment certificates are only accepted from unregistered treatment providers in non-target risk countries.

Treatment certificates from unregistered treatment providers in the target risk countries will not be accepted.

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

  • If the certificate is valid and meets our requirements, the goods will be released from BMSB requirement, 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 allowed), export or destruction.

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

Assessment for all other requirements

Officers will assess all documents presented to determine whether they meet BMSB and other biosecurity requirements.

Emerging BMSB risk countries

In addition to the measures of mandatory treatment for target high risk goods and increased onshore intervention of target risk goods from the nine target risk countries, the department will also be undertaking a lower rate of random onshore inspections from identified emerging risk countries. There is no expansion of the BMSB measures to require mandatory treatment of target high risks goods manufactured in, or shipped from the emerging risk countries.

Containerised target high risk goods selected for inspection will be sent for a full unpack on arrival as the department continues to monitor the risk status of emerging pathways. Break bulk target high risk goods selected for inspection will be directed for an on wharf inspection.

Identified emerging risk countries include Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and Serbia. We are also targeting other countries of BMSB concern to monitor the presence of BMSB. These include all remaining European countries, Japan, China, Korea, Canada and Chile and will be monitored through random inspections.

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.

Onshore treatment

Onshore treatment of target high risk goods is permitted for goods shipped as containerised goods in sealed six sided containers.

For goods shipped as break bulk, including those shipped in open top or as flat rack containers, only goods meeting the exceptional circumstances will be directed for onshore treatment.

Target high risk goods that have been assessed as requiring onshore treatment will be directed for treatment (where permitted) by an approved onshore provider.

To find out where onshore treatments may be performed, visit our list of approved arrangement sites. Target high risk goods shipped as break bulk, including those shipped in open top or as flat rack containers, will:

  • Require containment of the risk such as tarping and will be directed for treatment to be conducted at the wharf within 48 hours. This may be due to the size of the consignment and assessment of the risk and detection of BMSB associated with the vessel pre-arrival reporting requirements.
  • Require containment of the risk such as tarping and will be directed for treatment to be conducted at an approved arrangement site within 48 hours of arrival at the approved arrangement site.

Target high risk goods shipped as containerised cargo will be directed for treatment at an approved arrangement site for treatment to be conducted within 7 days of arrival at the approved arrangement site. Treatment will be conducted at the whole container, as deconsolidation or segregation of the goods will not be allowed.

The only exception is if the goods have been shipped in a LCL/FAK container from a non-target risk country, where they will be allowed to deconsolidate and treated at the consignment level. This may also be the case where we have allowed the goods to deconsolidate from an LCL/FAK container shipped from a target risk country where we have assessed the offshore treatment at the container level prior to deconsolidation.

Inspection

Throughout the BMSB season, all target high risk and target risk goods will be subject to onshore random verification inspection.

Goods selected for inspection will be directed to an approved arrangements site for an officer to conduct the inspection.

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

If we suspect or detect BMSB, we 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, such as pestigas, 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.

Export

Target high risk goods that have been assessed as not meeting our requirements and cannot be treated onshore will be directed for supervised export from Australian territory.

Depending on the size of the consignment, and assessment of the risk and detection of BMSB associated with the vessel pre-arrival reporting requirements we may direct the vessel to berth at a specific port, and prevent the untreated target high risk goods from being discharged and unloaded.

Untreated target high risk goods shipped as break bulk, including those shipped in open top or as flat rack containers, will be exported on arrival. Where identified these goods will not be permitted to discharge and unload from the vessel. If the vessel is due to berth at other Australian ports, the goods will require containment of the BMSB risk such as tarping.

Untreated target high risk goods shipped as break bulk, including those shipped in open top or as flat rack containers, that have been unloaded from the vessel will require containment of the risk such as tarping and will held at the wharf for export within 48 hours of arrival.

Open top or flat rack containers of untreated target high risk goods may be directed for envelope tarping to manage and contain the risk.

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, fee for service charges will apply.

Fees and charges

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

For further information regarding BMSB measures, visit the Seasonal Measures for BMSB webpage or contact Air and Sea Cargo.