2017-18 season measures

​The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has developed the following measures to manage the seasonal risk of brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) infestations in break bulk and containerised sea cargo from the United States and Italy. The measures reinstate mandatory treatment requirements prior to the shipment of some goods.

The target goods’ treatment conditions and season dates are the same as for the 2016-17 season and align with the most recent data.

The 2017-18 BMSB season will mark the first time that the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources will be actively targeting goods from Italy.

Summary of measures

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Break bulk

  • 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

  • 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.

Goods 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, and will remain in place for the entire season unless pest infestations are detected. Should this occur, the department may impose emergency requirements similar to those applied in the 2014-15 season.

Target goods

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 seasonbelow.

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 treatment conditions 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.

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, where acceptable document templates can also be found.

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.

2017-18 BMSB Measures - Quick Reference Guide

Target Cargo

Mode of entry

Treatment required

Additional documentary requirements

Used goods in specified tariffs departing the US or Italy between 1 September and 30 April 2018 inclusive.

Break bulk

Cleaning 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 or Italy between 1 September and 30 April 2018 inclusive.

FCL/FCX containerised

Treatment certificates lodged prior to arrival

Treatment 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 bulk

Mandatory 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 or Italy prior to 1 December, and shipped seals intact on or before 30 April 2018.

FCL/FCX containerised

Mandatory 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 bulk

NUFT (New, unused and not field tested) declaration stating date and place of manufacture

New 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 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.

FCL/FCX containerised

NUFT (New, unused and not field tested) declaration stating date and place of manufacture

New Unused Not Field Tested declaration stating date and place of manufacture lodged prior to release.

Target tariffs for the 2017-18 season

As outlined above, the targeted goods have been revised to ensure more of the large, 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 goods for 2017-18 season measures.

Chapter

Tariff

Description of heading (or chapter when all headings apply)

Exclusions from the target tariff

84

8426

Ships' derricks; cranes, including cable cranes; mobile lifting frames, straddle carriers and works trucks fitted with a crane:

  • Containerised goods without an enclosed cabin

8427

Fork-lift trucks; other works trucks fitted with lifting or handling equipment:

  • 84271000—electric forklifts
  • Containerised goods without an enclosed cabin

8428.90.00

Other lifting, handling, loading or unloading machinery (for example, lifts, escalators, conveyors, teleferics): other machinery

  • Containerised goods without an enclosed cabin

8429

Bulldozers, graders, road rollers, tampers etc.

  • Nil

8430

Other moving, grading, levelling, excavating equipment

  • 8430.49.00 rock boring machines, containerised only.

8431

Parts for 8425-8430

  • All 8431, containerised only.

8432

Ploughs and agricultural soil prep machinery

  • 8432.90.00—parts, containerised only.

8433

Harvesting, 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.

8436.80

Other machinery

  • Nil

8479.10.00

Machinery for public works, building or the like

  • Nil

86

8604

Railway 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

87

8701

Tractors, not work trucks

  • 8701.10.00—pedestrian controlled tractors

8702

Buses, minibuses, coaches

  • Nil

8703

Motor 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

8704

Motor vehicles for the transport of goods

  • Nil

8705

Special purpose motor vehicles, non-passenger

  • Nil

8707

Bodies for motor vehicles, all types

  • Nil

8716

Trailers and semi-trailers, other vehicles, no engine

  • 8716.80.00—golf buggies, other vehicles
  • 8716.90.00—parts, containerised only.

89

all headings

SHIPS, 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.