10 August 2020
Who does this notice affect?
Stakeholders in the import and shipping industries—including vessel masters, freight forwarders, treatment providers, Biosecurity Industry Participants, importers, customs brokers, principle agents and master consolidators—associated with importing goods that require increased intervention during the 2020-21 BMSB risk season.
What has changed?
The department has finalised the seasonal measures for the 2020-21 BMSB risk season. The list of target risk countries will now include Kazakhstan in addition to Portugal, Moldova and Ukraine added as target risk countries for the 2020-21 BMSB risk season.
For the 2020-21 BMSB risk season, measures will apply to:
- certain goods manufactured in, or shipped from target risk countries, and/or
- vessels that berth at, load or tranship from target risk countries
The measures apply to goods shipped from 1 September 2020 that arrive in Australian territory by 31 May 2021 (inclusive).
Goods shipped between 1 September 2020 and 30 April 2021 need to be treated and will be referred for intervention if they arrive by 31 May 2021 (inclusive).
The final seasonal measures are available on the BMSB webpage.
The department will continue to include:
- Arrangements for safeguarding (supply chain assurance) for certain containerised and break bulk target risk goods as an alternative option to mandatory measures to manage BMSB risk. The department will open Safeguarding applications for the 2020-21 BMSB risk season in July.
- Arrangements for an alternative vessel clearance process for roll-on roll-off (ro-ro) vessels, in lieu of a mandated seasonal pest inspection.