Management of LCL and FAK containers during the 2018-19 Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) risk season

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  • BMSB Master Consolidator Declaration for Hubbed Goods template added

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.

Management of LCL and FAK containers

The LCL/ FAK container process is being implemented from Thursday 8 November 2018. All LCL/ FAK containers shipped from target risk countries will be held for action as per the process outlined below on arrival on or after this date. The interim measures outlined though Industry Advice Notice 145-2018 on 16 October 2018 will no longer apply from this date.

Onshore treatment is limited to containerised cargo in sealed six sided containers, including goods shipped in LCL (Less than Container Load) and FAK (Freight of all Kind) containers. Treatment of these goods is permitted on arrival in Australia provided the treatment is conducted at the container level. Deconsolidation or removal of goods will not be permitted prior to treatment.

The department strongly recommends target high risk goods be treated offshore prior to arrival into Australia, where possible, to manage the expected increased onshore delays and limited onshore capacity of approved arrangement sites and treatment providers.

Process for LCL/FAK containers shipped from target risk countries

In order to prevent deconsolidation of LCL (less than container load) and FAK (freight of all kind) containers prior to BMSB risk assessment and allowing for the management of onshore treatment for LCL/FAK containers, the department will be implementing the following process.

Cargo report holds

All LCL/FAK containers shipped from France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Russia, and the United States of America will be held by the department under biosecurity control at the wharf. This is regardless of whether they contain target high risk, target risk or all other goods. The profile used to manage these holds in the Integrated Cargo System (ICS) will be registered as a GAS profile, which is also used to manage containers from Giant African Snail (GAS) countries.

To help facilitate management of the containers at ports which already deal with GAS profile holds, the department will provide stevedores and wharf operators with vessel lists identifying actionable containers. These lists will help with the identification of LCL/FAK containers held for BMSB purposes (BMSB LCL containers) and enable them to be sorted from containers held for action for GAS Country Action List (CAL).

In respect of action, BMSB LCL containers need to be kept separate to the GAS CAL containers as they do not require any salt ring intervention. Where a BMSB LCL/FAK container is also held for GAS CAL action, normal arrangements including segregation and salt ring treatments will still apply.

Under the GAS hold, the profile will prevent movement of the BMSB LCL containers from the wharf until the department is contacted by the Master Consolidator, the person in charge of the container to provide details on the management of the container.

Where possible and during advance cargo reporting, the department will sort and match BMSB LCL containers with treatment certificates received from approved offshore treatment providers. This process will remove those containers from the ICS GAS profile. Containers matched in this process will not be held at the wharf and will be allowed to move and deconsolidate as per normal processes. After deconsolidation the LCL consignments will be managed at the Full Import Declaration (FID) level for BMSB and other biosecurity action.

To assist with assessment of FIDs, Master Consolidators must provider brokers with a copy of the treatment certificate linking to the consignment.

Lifting cargo report holds

Where BMSB LCL containers have been identified and held for action, an AIMS entry for each container with a movement withheld direction will be issued to the Master Consolidator, as the person in charge of the container, via email with details of the AIMS entry and container numbers.

For the management of BMSB LCL containers, Master Consolidators are to use the dedicated email BMSB Processing.

The cargo report hold will be lifted from the ICS when the Master Consolidator provides either of the following:

  1. Declaration that all the BMSB target high risk goods have been treated for BMSB requirements by an approved offshore treatment provider and supported by a valid treatment certificate which includes the container number as evidence, or links to all the target high risk goods of concern, or

  2. Declaration that there are no BMSB target high risk goods inside the container, or

  3. Declaration with a signed Agreement to Treat Goods form, authorising the onshore treatment of the whole container at a nominated approved arrangement site and treatment option, or

  4. Request to move the container seals intact to a nominated approved arrangement site pending further advice on the preferred risk management option. This advice needs to be provided to the department within 7 days of arrival, otherwise the container will be directed for export. There are four options:

    1. Declare there is no BMSB target high risk goods, or
    2. Treat the whole container onshore, or
    3. Export the whole container, or
    4. Destruction of the whole container.

Consignment level reporting

Once the container hold has been assessed and the initial BMSB risk has been managed, the hold will be lifted and the container will be allowed to deconsolidate as per normal processes.

The individual LCL consignments will then be assessed and processed for other biosecurity risks at the Full Import Declaration (FID) level.

To assist with the assessment of consignments at FID level:

  • Master Consolidators are required to provide Customs brokers with valid offshore treatment certificates if the LCL/FAK container has been treated at the container level.

  • Customs brokers are required to enter the AEI number and where possible the container number at the FID level. The AEI details must be entered against ALL target high risk goods lines in the consignment’s ICS entry.

  • Customs brokers are required to submit all supporting documentation (including valid offshore treatment certificates linking it to individual consignments) through COLS as part of the standard process. For LCL consignments, brokers are not expected to lodge documents at the container level.

Instances where the Master Consolidator has inaccurately declared all the target high risk goods have been treated offshore and/or there are no target high risk goods in the container, the individual FIDs will prompt onshore treatment for BMSB and non-compliance investigations. Full details on customs broker AEI entry requirements are available at Offshore BMSB treatment providers scheme.

Master Consolidators contact information

Master Consolidators who are expected to be affected and/or involved in the LCL process need to register their details with the department by emailing Air and Sea Cargo with the following details:

  • Company Name
  • Contact person
  • Port of Discharge in Australia
  • Address
  • Email address
  • Contact number
  • ABN (Please provide each ABN if different for different ports of discharge)
  • If you are an existing account holder with the department please provide your account number. (This number can be found on the top right side of your DAWR statement)

Process for LCL/FAK containers with target high risk goods shipped from non-target risk countries

The cargo report holds do not apply to LCL/FAK containers with target high risk goods that are shipped from non-target risk countries (excluding hubbed goods). These consignments will continue to be managed at individual LCL consignment level using a FID profile. However, the department will continue to monitor the risk posed by these consignments and may apply cargo report holds to these consignments should there be a change in risk status of this pathway.

For instances where target high risk goods have been shipped from a target risk country and then hubbed via a non-target risk country, the cargo report holds will apply. These containers will be held for action under the LCL/FAK container process unless documentary evidence is presented to support that the target high risk goods have been shipped in one container and then been deconsolidated into another container at the hubbed non-target risk country. If documentary evidence is provided, these containers will be allowed to deconsolidate and will be managed at the individual LCL consignment level using a FID profile.

The BMSB Master Consolidator Declaration for Hubbed Goods template for industry use has been added as an attachment to this page.

Expected 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. Cargo reports and Full Import Declarations (FIDs) should be lodged accurately and as early as possible to assist with identifying and assessing these containers.

More information of the measures including import and 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.

Further information

For further information relating to the assessment and processing of LCL/FAK containers and consignments contact BMSB Processing.

For further information relating to all other import document assessment or clearance/release times for goods contact imports

For further information about identifying actionable containers, contact Container NCC

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

Download

DocumentPagesFile size
Agreement to Treat Goods Form 2018 PDF1134 KB
Agreement to Treat Goods Form 2018 DOCX149 KB
Master Consolidator Declaration for Nil BMSB Target High Risk Goods PDF1297 KB
Master Consolidator Declaration for Nil BMSB Target High Risk Goods DOCX130 KB
Master Consolidator Declaration for Offshore Treated BMSB Target High Risk Goods PDF1297 KB
Master Consolidator Declaration for Offshore Treated BMSB Target High Risk Goods DOCX130 KB
BMSB Master Consolidator Declaration for Hubbed Goods PDF1292 KB
BMSB Master Consolidator Declaration for Hubbed Goods DOCX132 KB

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