2019-20 Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) season lodgement

Latest update:

  • Master Consolidator Declaration Form is now available
  • New page published: 2019-20 Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) season lodgement page

For the 2019-20 BMSB risk season, heightened biosecurity 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

from 1 September 2019 and that arrive in Australian territory by 31 May 2020 (inclusive).

Target high risk goods shipped between 1 September and 30 April must be treated and will be referred for intervention if they arrive by 31 May. For goods that are shipped prior to 30 April and arrive after 31 May, they may be subject to intervention as required.

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2019-20 BMSB risk season lodgements

Registered Master Consolidators can lodge their BMSB documentation online through the link below.

Lodge Master Consolidator Declaration Form

Treatment Providers registered under the Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers Scheme should follow the instructions sent to their registered email address to report their BMSB treatment certification.

For further information on the BMSB 2019 -20 seasonal measures, visit the BMSB webpage

How do I register for a Master Consolidator Identification (MC ID) number?

For the 2019-20 BMSB risk season, Master Consolidators must be registered with the department and have received a Master Consolidator ID (MC ID) prior to being able to make a declaration.

Master Consolidators are required to provide the requested information by completing the registration form on the BMSB LCL/FAK webpage and returning via email to SPP@awe.gov.au.

How do I register for the BMSB Offshore Treatment Providers Scheme?

Applications to become a new provider or to renew as a provider under the 2019-20 Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers Scheme can be found on the Offshore BMSB treatments webpage.

Before applying, treatment providers must read the scheme to ensure they understand the minimum registration and compliance requirements for conducting BMSB treatments on goods bound for Australia and/or New Zealand.

Once approved, treatment providers will be provided with unique login details to access the online treatment certificate reporting form.

How do I Lodge a Master Consolidator Declaration form?

Registered Master Consolidators must enter in relevant details about the LCL/FAK container being imported, including; incoming vessel information, declare against the target high risk goods in the container, and complete and supply supporting evidence to the declaration selected such as offshore treatment provider certificate.

Accessing the Master Consolidator Declaration Form

Log on to the departmental portal using your registered username and password.

  1. Click the Forms icon, which will enable you to select the ‘Master Consolidator Declaration Form’.
  2. Once you have selected this, you will be prompted to click on ‘Open a New Form’.
  3. This will now open a new Master Consolidator (MC) Declaration Form for you to complete.

Entering the information on a Master Consolidator Declaration Form

  1. When a new form is generated, the MC ID and submitter email will be pre-populated with your details.
  2. It is important to note that fields with an asterisk (*) are mandatory fields that must be completed, and some fields have validated formats.
  3. The Contact Name* and Contact Phone Number* of the person making the declaration must be added. This is because some MC IDs are shared accounts and it is important for both the department and the Master Consolidator if follow up actions are required.
  4. Declaration Details - A MC Declaration can be made for multiple vessels for multiple containers.
    1. The vessel ID*, vessel name and voyage number* must be entered before container numbers can be entered
  5. Select the declaration type*
    1. For each container of the vessel that a declaration will be made, enter the following:
    2. Enter the container number*
    3. Enter the container discharged port* and container destination port*
    4. Depending on the declaration type, a number of fields will appear and will require input. Enter all the details in the fields presented on the form.
  6. If you are making a declaration for more than one container in the same vessel, click on “Add Another Container”.
  7. If you are making a declaration for more containers on a different vessel, click on “Add Another Vessel”, and add containers that are relevant to this vessel.


If you have more than one treatment certificate to add to your declaration, you must individually lodge each certificate number and information.  

Offshore treatment certificate information must be added exactly as it is listed on the offshore treatment provider’s certificate to allow the department to match the information.

Failure to include the treatment certificate information or adding more than one certificate number per line in the declaration will cause delays for the container on arrival.

Submitting the Master Consolidator Declaration Form

  1. Once all the vessels and containers have been entered, and you are ready to submit the declaration, read and check all the declarations that have been made for each container and their corresponding vessels.
  2. Some declaration types will require check boxes to be ticked as part of the declaration.
  3. When all the details are checked and correct, click on ‘Submit’ to submit the declaration.
  4. On successful submission of the declaration, a lodgement reference number will be provided, and will be emailed to the MC ID email that has been registered with the username.
  5. You can also enter in an email to send a copy of the lodged declaration form to another email by enter the email address at this stage.

Detailed instructions to enter and lodge a MC Declaration Form are available for download.

Common Master Consolidator Declaration lodgement questions

How do I update or withdraw a declaration?

Master Consolidators are able to update information once lodged, for example where a container number has been entered incorrectly. To update a container number, select the relevant container line and enter new details over the top and re-submit the form. The system will recognise the most recent information for that container.

Where the incorrect declaration type has been selected and submitted, the container line must be withdrawn, and a brief explanation for the withdrawal provided.  A new container line must then be added to the declaration. To withdraw an incorrectly lodged declaration:

  1. Log into the MC declaration page.
  2. Select the "Withdrawal" tick box.
  3. Fill in the mandatory fields (i.e. Container number, Vessel ID, Voyage ID). These details must be identical to the original submission.
  4. Submit the declaration.

How many vessel or containers can I add to one declaration form?

Master Consolidators are able to add multiple containers as required and declare different treatment options for each (if required) under the one declaration. Master consolidators may also add multiple vessel details if multiple containers are being declared under a single declaration.

You must have added all relevant details for a container/ vessel including supporting documentation, before being able to add another container or vessel to the declaration.

What happens if I don’t submit a declaration for the goods?

For LCL/FAK containers that do not have a declaration submitted, the containers will held at the wharf under a Seasonal Pest (SP-M) hold until a MC declaration is provided. Where no declaration or contact is made after 35 business days from the date the container arrived at the intended port of discharge, the container will be directed for export.

Will the department be undertaking compliance verification activities on declarations?

MC declarations will be monitored throughout the season for non-compliance including monitoring of nil risk and withdrawals.  Where a rate of non-compliance is found, the department will work with the Master Consolidator in the first instance. Where repeated instances of non-compliance are detected, the department may direct all future LCL/FAK containers against that MC ID for onshore treatment, or subject goods to full assessment of all import declarations or export.

How do I determine if a consignment is classed as being hubbed or is warehoused in a non-target  risk country?

The department relies upon the Integrated Cargo System (ICS) and the house bill of lading (HBOL) to determine if a consignment has been hubbed or warehoused in a secondary country.  If ICS and/or the HBOL indicates a consignment has been exported from a target high risk country even though the consignment moved through a secondary non-target risk country, the consignment has been hubbed and is subject to BMSB intervention.

My container has a seasonal pest (SP-M) hold how do I remove it?

A Seasonal Pest (SP-M) hold is only placed when a container is identified for BMSB risk. This will be due to having one or more consignments within the container exported from a BMSB target high risk country.  To remove the SP-M hold, the Master Consolidator must lodge a MC Declaration Form. 

Biosecurity directions for MC declarations are emailed to the nominated email address associated with the Branch details that have been provided to the department when the MC was registered.

If you wish to change or update the email address associated with the Branch please email SPP@awe.gov.au

Please note: the Master Consolidator must ensure that biosecurity directions are carried out or arranged to be carried out within the designated direction timeframe. Failure to ensure the direction is carried out will result in non-compliance.

How to do I lodge an Offshore Treatment Provider certificate?

The department has introduced a new Offshore BMSB Treatment Certificate Form for the
2019-20 BMSB risk season.

Treatment providers registered under the Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers Scheme must report all BMSB treatment certification issued for Australian bound consignments to the department using this form.

This reporting process enables the department to verify that BMSB treatment certification received from importers on arrival in Australia is legitimate. It also protects registered treatment providers from having their company’s details used by other entities to create fraudulent treatment certification.

Access to the reporting form is restricted to treatment provider staff registered under the scheme and access details cannot be shared externally.

If a treatment certificate is not provided, the container will be held until the registered offshore treatment provider submits the treatment certificate via the offshore treatment provider portal.

If the treatment provider does not report the certificate within 35 business days from the date the container arrived at the intended port of discharge, the container will be directed for onshore treatment at the container level (if permitted) or export.

For further information on how to complete the BMSB treatment provider form, contact bmsbtreatments@awe.gov.au


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Last reviewed: 17 March 2020
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