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2015-48 – Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Season 2015/16

​​16 July 2015

Who does this notice affect?

This notice is of interest to clients in the import and shipping industry, including importers and customs brokers associated with the importation of targeted break bulk and some containerised vehicles (including boats), and machinery shipped from the United States from 1 September 2015 to 30 April 2016 inclusive.

What is happening?

The Department of Agriculture has developed the following proposal to manage the seasonal risk of brown marmorated stink bug infestations in sea cargo shipped from the United States. The proposal reinstates mandatory treatment requirements prior to the shipment of goods with revised treatment conditions, reduces the range of targeted cargo and includes different cut-off dates depending on the date of manufacture for new goods. 

The treatment conditions and season dates are based on new data that has become available and, at this point, are fixed to align where possible with New Zealand. 

The department has revised some of the measures based on lessons learnt from last season’s emergency response. Contact Air and Sea Cargo if you would like a copy of the draft Post Implementation Review of the 2014-15 measures.

Industry and stakeholder views on the remaining elements of the proposal are now being sought.  Feedback would be appreciated by 24 July 2015 to allow planning in advance of the next risk season.

Season dates/Affected ports

The proposed measures will apply to target goods shipped from all ports in the United States from 1 September 2015 to 30 April 2016 inclusive. It is envisaged that the measures will remain in place for the entire season unless pest infestations are detected. Should this occur, the department may impose similar emergency requirements to the 2014-15 season.  

Target goods

As per last season, new and used vehicles, vessels and machinery are the target cargo. However, the department has scaled back applicable tariffs (see below).

What is proposed?

  •  From 1 September 2015 all used goods in the target tariffs would need to be cleaned and treated for potential stink bug infestations immediately prior to shipping on or before 30 April 2016. This would apply to break bulk and FCL containerised goods.
  • All new goods in the target tariffs manufactured and/or stored between 1 September and 1 December 2015 and then shipped on or before 30 April 2016 as break bulk or FCL would be required to undergo offshore treatment unless subject to alternative safeguarding arrangements approved by the department.
  • All new goods in the target tariffs manufactured after 1 December 2015 and shipped as break bulk or FCLs on or before 30 April 2016 would require a consignment specific manufacturer’s new, unused and not field tested (NUFT) declaration which includes the date and place of manufacture.

Treatments

Since the commencement of emergency measures last season, new data on sulfuryl fluoride, methyl bromide and heat treatments have become available. This new data has allowed new aligned treatment conditions to be implemented by both Australia and New Zealand with a high degree of confidence.

The revised 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% 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 MB conditions below).
  • Methyl bromide – at least 16g/m3 for 12 hours or longer with an end point reading of 50% 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 SF conditions above).
  • Heat – 50 °C or greater for at least 20 minutes in the coldest location in the vehicle.

Treatment time before loading

  • Break bulk goods treated before 1 December will have a 96 hour treatment window.
  • Break bulk goods treated after 1 December are unlikely to become re-infested, so will not be subject to a treatment window.
  • Containerised goods sealed after treatment and arriving seals intact will not be subject to a treatment window.

Alternative arrangements—safeguarding

Safeguarding is a detailed pest risk management plan/system that can be implemented by manufacturers 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 September 2015.  Information on safeguarding eligibility and requirements will be available online as will a list of manufacturers with approved arrangements.   

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 stink bugs is detected on board a vessel prior to goods discharge to the wharf.

Have your say

Comment on the proposal should be forwarded to Air and Sea Cargo by 24 July 2015.

We want to hear from clients in the import and shipping industry who are keen to work with the department to keep these pests out of Australia. 

We are also interested in how we can best liaise with you as the season progresses.

The department will issue advice on the outcomes of the consultation process and final measures before the end of July.  Responses to questions will also be developed and publicised on-line.  The department will also look to using other communication tools/mechanisms such as social media to engage with stakeholders as the season progresses and improve the accessibility of material on its website.

Target tariffs for the 2015/16 season

Chapter

Tariff

Description of heading (or chapter when all headings apply)

84 

8429

Bulldozers, graders, road rollers, tampers etc.

 

8430

Other moving, grading, levelling, excavating equipment

 

8432

Ploughs and agricultural soil prep machinery

 

8433

Harvesting, threshing or agricultural machinery, not food processing

87

8701

Tractors, not work trucks

 

8702

Buses, minibuses, coaches, >= 10  passengers

 

8703

Motor cars and other motor vehicles, < 10 passengers

 

8704

Motor vehicles for the transport of goods

 

8705

Special purpose motor vehicles, non passenger

 

8707

Bodies for motor vehicles, all types

 

8716

Trailers and semi-trailers, other vehicles, no engine

89

all headings

SHIPS, BOATS AND FLOATING STRUCTURES

2015-16 Quick Reference Guide

Target Cargo

Mode of entry

Treatment required

Intervention required

Documentary requirements

Used machinery in specified tariffs departing US ports between 1 September and 30 April 2016 inclusive.

Break bulk and FCL containerised cargo

Cleaning AND mandatory offshore treatment

Increased surveillance on wharf and 100% verification inspection on arrival (standard measures for used machinery)

Export of machinery that is not cleaned and treated appropriately offshore

FIDs, Treatment certificates lodged prior to arrival

New machinery in specified tariffs manufactured and/or stored in the US prior to 1 December, and shipped on or before 30 April 2016

Break bulk

Mandatory offshore treatment or subject to acceptable safeguarding arrangements

Increased surveillance on wharf and 5-10% verification inspection on arrival.

FIDs, Treatment certificates lodged prior to arrival

Safeguarding proposal accepted prior to 1 September

New machinery in specified tariffs manufactured and/or stored in the US prior to 1 December, and shipped seals intact on or before 30 April 2016.

FCL containerised

Mandatory offshore treatment or subject to acceptable safeguarding arrangements

Increased surveillance and random verification inspection on arrival, provided seals remain intact.

 

FIDs, Treatment certificates lodged prior to arrival.

Safeguarding proposal accepted prior to 1 September

New machinery in specified tariffs manufactured after 1 December in the US and shipped on or before 30 April 2016.

Break bulk or
Containerised (FCLs ) in specified tariffs

Mandatory offshore treatment

Existing surveillance measures and CCV intervention.

FIDs, NUFT declaration stating date and place of manufacture

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