141-2018 - Management of untreated break bulk cargo during the 2018-19 Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) risk season

​11 October 2018

Who does this notice affect?

Clients in the import and shipping industries—including freight forwarders, importers, customs brokers and master consolidators—associated with importing goods that require increased intervention during the BMSB risk season (shipped between 1 September 2018 and 30 April 2019 inclusive).

What has changed?

The department would like to remind industry that all target high risk break bulk cargo, must be treated offshore unless exceptional circumstances have been granted.

Importers are responsible for ensuring that seasonal BMSB import conditions are complied with before importing goods. If untreated break bulk cargo arrives into Australian territory, it will be prevented from discharge/unload or if unloaded, will be directed for immediate containment and export.

The department is currently reviewing processes to manage the risk of untreated break bulk cargo, including requirements for vessel masters and principle agents of vessels to include pre-arrival reporting of untreated break bulk cargo that is in scope of the BMSB seasonal measures. This may include implementing cargo report profiles to hold break bulk cargo at the wharf to better manage untreated break bulk cargo.

In the interim, vessel masters are strongly encouraged to verify compliance with current BMSB requirements before loading goods onto vessels.

Stevedores and wharf operators

The management of in scope untreated break bulk cargo that will be held for BMSB processes will require action by stevedores and wharf operators. Where untreated break bulk cargo has been identified, stevedores and wharf operators will be requested to not unload the identified cargo. If the cargo is unloaded, goods will not be permitted to leave the wharf and will require export within 48 hours.

Expected delays

As noted in the 116-2018 – Expected delays under 2018-19 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) seasonal measures Industry are encouraged to have their target high risk goods treated offshore, by an approved treatment provider 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.

Further information

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 moving break bulk cargo, care should be taken as BMSB may be overwintering inside the goods. 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.

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