Management of LCL/FAK containers during the 2021-22 Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) risk season

Less than Container Load (LCL) consignments and Freight of All Kinds (FAK) containers with target high risk goods from target risk countries, are managed at the container level.

Master Consolidators are required to lodge a Master Consolidator (MC) declaration form no less than five (5) business days prior to the first port of arrival in Australia. Where a voyage duration is less than 5 business days, Master Consolidators are encouraged to provide a declaration within 24 hours of embarkation.

To lodge an MC declaration, all Master Consolidators will be required to register with the department and be allocated with an individual Master Consolidator Identification number (MC ID). This number must be used with all declarations made for the LCL/FAK process during the BMSB risk season.

LCL/FAK declarations cannot be lodged without a MC ID. Failure to report in time or meet the required declaration criteria including use of an MC ID number may result in goods being subject to delays.

Each MC must use their own unique ID when lodging a declaration.

If there is no contact or declaration made by the Master Consolidator of the container after 35 business days, the container will be directed for export.

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How can I determine if my goods are subject to the measures?

LCL/FAK containers are managed for BMSB risk at the container level. This includes LCL consignments that are shipped from a target risk country, between 1 September 2021 and 30 April 2022 (inclusive) then hubbed in a non-target risk country and shipped to Australia in a FAK container.

Below are some common examples of where target high risk goods being managed at the LCL/FAK level will require mandatory treatment under the seasonal measures. These examples can also be followed by using the LCL import scenarios flowchart (below).

Example 1

Target high risk goods which have been manufactured in a target risk country and are transported from a target risk country to Australia, will be subject to the seasonal measures and mandatory treatment applies to the goods at the container level. No deconsolidation will be permitted prior to treatment.

Example 2

Target high risk goods manufactured in target risk country, then transported from a target risk country to a non-target risk country, to be deconsolidated and reconsolidated (hubbed) and shipped as an LCL/FAK container from the non-target risk country to Australia will be subject to the seasonal measures. Mandatory treatment applies to the goods at the container level. No deconsolidation will be permitted prior to treatment.

Example 3

Target high risk goods manufactured in target risk country, then transported from a target risk country to a non-target risk country for the target high risk goods to enter domestic consumption/storage in that country. These goods may be stored for any length of time in the non-target risk country. If shipped during the BMSB risk season as LCL/FAK directly from the non-target risk country to Australia mandatory treatment will not apply, but the goods will be subject to random onshore inspections.

If your LCL/FAK is subject to the measures, when the cargo report is lodged, they will be referred for a Seasonal Pest hold (SPHOLD), and the cargo reporter will receive a message that an MC declaration is required to be submitted.

Minimise clearance delays and onshore

Importers should note the policy to allow onshore treatment of LCL and FAK containers is expected to result in increased clearance delays at the border due to increased volumes of cargo being referred into the system, and limited onshore capacity of storage facilities at AA sites and onshore treatment provider premises.

To minimise clearance delays, industry is encouraged to have their target high risk goods treated offshore and at the container level, where possible. MC declarations must be lodged accurately and against relevant reporting timelines to assist with identifying and assessing these containers. 

Further information on the seasonal measures including treatment requirements is available on the Seasonal Measures for BMSB webpage.

Importers and freight forwarders who ship 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 deconsolidating goods, care should be taken to inspect locations where BMSB may congregate, including crevices or protected areas of shipping containers, inside the goods, or within packaging material. 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.

What are my responsibilities under the 2021-22 seasonal measures?

Master Consolidators - What are they expected to do this season?

  • Register with the department for a Master Consolidator ID, user access and password prior to the start of the season
  • Master Consolidator ID’s should not be shared. Each individual submitting declarations should have their own Master Consolidator ID
  • Provide declarations about the risk status of arriving LCL/FAK containers at least 5 business days prior to their arrival using the online form, or within 24 hours of embarkation for voyages less than 5 business days (including providing supporting documentation with the declarations)
  • Work with relevant brokers, importers, treatment providers and wharf operators to manage the risk and movement of the LCL/FAK containers.

Wharf Operators - What are they expected to do this season?

  • The Seasonal Pest referral (SPHOLD) will refer LCL/FAK containers for BMSB intervention
  • Ensure any LCL/FAK container that is flagged for BMSB intervention is segregated from others and held until they are permitted to move to an AA site or 77G depot.

Onshore treatment providers - What are they expected to do this season?

  • Ensure any LCL/FAK container that is referred for onshore BMSB treatment remains intact until treatment is completed
  • Provide notice to the relevant approved arrangement holder if the LCL/FAK container is not suitable for treatment (for example, the container is over packed and/or has impervious packaging and effective treatment is not possible)
  • Be See. Secure. Report aware, if you see something that could have entered Australia with imported goods report it to See. Secure. Report hotline on 1800 798 636 or complete the online form.

How do I register as a Master Consolidator?

Master Consolidators intending to provide declarations about LCL/FAK containers to the department must register their company as a Master Consolidator and identify individual users via a unique email address on the Master Consolidator Registration form.

A Master Consolidator ID (MC ID) will be generated under the Australian Business Number (ABN) of a company and will be recorded at a branch level. The department will provide a unique MC ID for each branch upon receipt of a registration form.
Each user who intends to submit MC declarations, is required to register as a User under the MC ID for their company. Each individual submitting declarations is required to have their own User ID and login. User ID’s should not be shared.

Note: The department advises against using shared email addresses for registrations of Users. Once an email address has been utilised to register a User, it cannot be utilised again. Users can also only be registered against one MC ID. A user can not be registered against multiple MC ID’s.

Once registered, you will be able to access the MC declaration form with authenticated access.

Master Consolidator registration forms are to be sent to SPP@awe.gov.au

New registration applications may take up to 5 business days to process.

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BMSB Master Consolidator Identification (MC ID) registration Form DOCX 6 88 KB

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How do I become an AIMS account client?

For each MC ID, it is preferred that an AIMS account is registered with the department as this will assist with timelier clearance of LCL/FAK containers. If an AIMS account is not registered, manual processing of payments will be required prior to action/release of those LCL/FAK containers.

Those who wish to become an AIMS account client must be able to meet the set criteria, including meeting minimum lodgement volumes per year.

Further information on AIMS Account Client eligibility criteria can be found on the department’s Fees and Charges webpage.

What happens if I don’t register to lodge MC declarations, and my goods are referred for onshore BMSB intervention?

Master Consolidators must first be registered with the department and have received an individual MC ID to be able lodge a declaration.

Where goods are shipped as an LCL/FAK container and are identified as requiring BMSB intervention at the container level, if an MC declaration has not been lodged, those containers will be held at the wharf until the Master Consolidator provides a declaration about the BMSB risk status of the container. A hold message preventing the movement and deconsolidation of the container will advise the cargo reporter to contact the relevant Master Consolidator to submit a MC Declaration for the LCL/FAK container.

If there is no contact or declaration made by the relevant Master Consolidator for the container after 35 business days, the container will be directed for export.

Master Consolidators who have not yet registered but expect to be managing LCL/FAK containers subject to the BMSB measures are encouraged to register early.

How do I complete the BMSB Master Consolidator Declaration Form?

The Master Consolidator Declaration Form is an online form located here

Master Consolidators must first be registered with the department and have received an MC ID to be able lodge a declaration.

Complete all fields on each tab on the form noting that some fields marked by an asterisk (*) are mandatory and some fields may be populated from a drop-down box. For questions with a drop-down box, make sure to select the answer from the drop-down box. For further help and tips about the fields, hover the mouse cursor over the field’s information icon.

As part of the registration process, the department will provide Master Consolidator users with an email containing your MC ID, a temporary password and a link to the online declaration form to set your own password. You must use your own unique login to lodge a MC declaration.

MC declarations will be monitored throughout the season for non-compliance including monitoring of withdrawals. Where continued non-compliance is found, the department may direct all future LCL/FAK containers for that MC ID for full assessment of all import declarations, onshore treatment or export.

Detailed instructions on how to login and lodge a Master Consolidator Declaration Form are available below.

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Common Master Consolidator lodgement questions

How do I update or withdraw a declaration?

Master Consolidators can 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. Fill in the mandatory fields (i.e. Container number, Vessel ID, Voyage ID). These details must be identical to the original submission.
  3. Select the "Withdrawal" tick box.
  4. Submit the declaration.

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

Master Consolidators can 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 be held at the wharf under a Seasonal Pest (SPHOLD) 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 full assessment of all import declarations, onshore treatment 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 (SPHOLD) hold how do I remove it?

A Seasonal Pest (SPHOLD) 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 SPHOLD hold, the Master Consolidator must lodge a MC Declaration Form. 

If the container has been incorrectly reported, and the LCL / FAK sea cargo report has been withdrawn in ICS and replaced with an FCL / FCX sea cargo report, please contact BMSBprocessing@awe.gov.au to advise of the amendment and have the Seasonal Pest hold removed from your container.

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

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.

Last reviewed: 23 July 2021
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