Management of LCL and FAK containers during the 2019-20 Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) risk season

Latest update

The department has recently made an update to the Seasonal Pest (SeaPest) system.  When a Master Consolidator (MC) declaration is lodged, the declarant should now be receiving an auto-response email informing the declarant if a biosecurity AIMS direction has been issued, or if the consignment is not subject to BMSB intervention.

Under the 2019-20 BMSB seasonal measures, Less than Container Load (LCL) consignments and Freight of All Kinds (FAK) containers with target high risk goods, will be managed at the container level and new reporting requirements by Master Consolidators for LCL/FAK containers will be required as published through Industry Advice Notice 89-2019 (Final measures for the 2019-20 BMSB risk season).

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How will LCL/FAK containers be managed this season?

To assist the onshore management of LCL/FAK containers, including enabling the timely movement of containers on arrival from the wharf, Master Consolidators will be required to provide a Master Consolidator 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 streamline the manual process of managing BMSB risk for LCL/FAK containers, 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.

Master Consolidators must register, as they will not be able to lodge LCL/FAK declarations without doing so. 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, including having containers held at the wharf pending permission to move for up to 35 days. 

Where goods are a mix of target high risk, target risk or goods not covered by the measures, the whole container will be assessed at the highest risk and managed at the container level. It is important when hubbing goods to be aware of all goods in the FAK, as deconsolidation of containers will not be permitted prior to treatment on arrival.

BMSB Intervention for LCL and FAK containers flowchart

Do I need to register and make a declaration for an LCL/FAK container?

Any LCL consignment or FAK container that is shipped from a target risk country will require a Master Consolidator declaration about the risk status of the container for BMSB intervention.

This includes LCL/FAK containers that have hubbed or transhipped through non-target risk countries. To determine if your LCL consignment will be subject to the measures, the below flowchart provides additional guidance.

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

BMSB 2019-20 Risk season Hubbing flow chart

How do I register as a Master Consolidator?

Master Consolidators intending to provide declarations about LCL/FAK containers to the department must register for a Master Consolidator ID (MC ID) and include a unique email address on the MC ID Registration form. Once registered, you will be able to access the form with authenticated access. Master Consolidators are required to provide the requested information to SPP@awe.gov.au.

Registering for a MC ID

MC IDs 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 the following registration details:

Company Information:

  • Company Name
  • ABN of company
  • Company Address
  • Company Phone
  • Company Email Address
  • Agriculture Import Management System (AIMS) account /COMCODE (if existing).

Branch Information:

  • Branch Name
  • Branch Address
  • Branch Phone
  • Branch Email Address
  • If you would like to be issued a new AIMS/COMCODE for each branch.

Registering users for online access to BMSB forms

You can nominate individual users to be registered and assigned access to the necessary online declaration forms. The department will provide unique details for each registered user upon receipt of the following registration details:

User Information:

  • Given Name
  • Surname
  • User Email Address
  • Branch Name

Note: If an individual needs access to lodge MC declarations for multiple branches, separate user accounts must be set up for that individual and each account can be linked to a single branch.

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 a LCL consignment in a 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.

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

Master Consolidators who have not yet registered, but expect to be managing LCL/FAK containers subject to the 2019-20 BMSB measures are encouraged to register early.

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How do I apply to 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 are the declaration options for LCL/FAK containers?

A Master Consolidator Declaration must be made via the online form using an authenticated access (MC ID, email and password) obtained when registered with the department.

There are five types of declarations that can be made by the Master Consolidator about the LCL/FAK container:

Treated Offshore - The entire container has been treated offshore

  • Containers with target high risk goods that have been treated offshore at the container level by an approved treatment provider and have a valid treatment certificate. These containers will be permitted to move from the wharf on arrival.
  • Containers with target high risk goods that have been treated offshore at the container level by a treatment provider that requires assessment by the department, will be assessed where possible, prior to arrival to enable timely clearance including movement from the wharf.
  • Containers that do not meet the offshore treatment requirements will be directed for onshore treatment at the container level or export.

Partial Treatment - All target high risk goods inside the container have been treated offshore

  • Containers that contain target high risk goods that have been treated separately offshore by an approved treatment provider and have valid treatment certificates. These goods will be permitted to move from the wharf on arrival.
  • For all other goods that are shipped within the same container, a declaration must be provided at the same time advising all other goods are not target high risk goods subject to BMSB measures.
  • Evidence supporting declarations must meet minimum documentary and import declaration requirements, and be supported with a manifest.
  • The department has published a BMSB Nil Risk template for industry use on the BMSB Preparing to import goods webpage.
  • Containers with target high risk goods treated offshore by a treatment provider that requires assessment by the department will be assessed where possible, prior to arrival, to enable timely clearance including movement from the wharf.
  • Containers that do not meet the offshore treatment requirements will be directed for onshore treatment at the container level or export.

Treatment onshore - The entire container is nominated for onshore treatment

  • Containers with target high risk goods that have not been treated offshore and have been nominated for onshore treatment. These containers will be permitted to move from the wharf on arrival to the nominated approved arrangement (AA) site for treatment at the container level.
  • Once treatment is completed, the container will be permitted to deconsolidate.
  • If a container cannot be effectively treated (for example, the container is over packed and/or has impervious packaging), the Master Consolidator will be contacted and must provide an alternate arrangement otherwise the container will be directed for export.

Nil Risk - There are nil target high risk goods inside the container

  • Containers identified as having with nil target high risk goods will be permitted to move from the wharf on arrival and deconsolidate, as long as sufficient evidence has been provided with the declaration.
  • Evidence supporting declarations must meet minimum documentary and import declaration requirements, and be supported with a manifest.
  • The department has published a BMSB Nil Risk template for industry use on the BMSB Preparing to import goods webpage.
  • Master Consolidators will be monitored for non-compliance of nil risk and partially treated container declarations. Where continued non-compliance is found, nil risk and partial treatment declarations will not be permitted, which will result in subsequent declarations requiring those containers to be directed for onshore treatment or export.

Unknown Risk - Container to be held pending further information

  • Where the Master Consolidator is unable to provide evidence of all the consignments, the container may be held seals intact for up to 35 business days, or until evidence is provided that all Full Import Declarations (FIDS) are lodged and ready for assessment by the department to be either:
    • Released and allowed to deconsolidate (if there are no target high risk goods), or;
    • Directed for onshore treatment at the container level (if there are target high risk goods), or;
    • Directed for export if treatment is not preferred (if there are target high risk goods).

If a declaration is not provided prior to arrival, the container will be held at the wharf using the new Seasonal Pest hold until the Master Consolidator provides a declaration. If there is no contact or declaration made by the Master Consolidator for the container after 35 business days, the container will be directed for export.

All target high risk and target risk goods will be subject to increased onshore intervention through random verification inspections and will be directed for onshore treatment if BMSB is detected.

How do I complete the BMSB Master Consolidator Declaration Form?

The MC declaration is an online form located on the BMSB webpage. The form can also be accessed through the importing into Australia page under BMSB Season 2019-20 lodgements.

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 Consolidators with an email containing your MC ID, a temporary password and a link to the online declaration form to set your own password.

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 onshore treatment, or subject to full assessment of all import declarations, or export.

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

What is the process for LCL/FAK containers with target high risk goods shipped via non-target risk countries?

LCL/FAK containers will be managed for BMSB risk at the container level. This includes LCL consignments that have been shipped from a target risk country 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 Scenarios for LCL/FAK hubbing flowchart (below).

Example 1

Target high risk goods which have been manufactured in a target risk country and are shipped as LCL/FAK container directly 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 shipped as LCL/FAK container from a target risk country to a non-target risk country, to be deconsolidated and reconsolidated (hubbed) and then shipped as LCL/FAK container from the non-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 3

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

Example 4

Target high risk goods manufactured in target risk country, then shipped as LCL/FAK container from a target risk country to a non-target risk country, and the target high risk goods enter for domestic consumption/storage in that country. These goods may be stored for any length of time, then if shipped during the BMSB risk season as FCL/FCX container or as breakbulk from the non-target risk country to Australia. In this instance mandatory treatment will apply to the goods at the container level. No deconsolidation will be permitted prior to treatment.

BMSB 2019-20 Risk season Hubbing flow chart

What are my responsibilities under the 2019-20 BMSB risk season?

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
  • 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?

  • Be aware a new container level hold has been developed for the 2019-20 BMSB season replacing use of the Giant African Snail (GAS) hold for BMSB
  • The Seasonal Pest referral (SP hold) will refer LCL/FAK containers for BMSB intervention
  • Continue managing and segregating LCL/FAK containers for Giant African Snail as per normal Country Action List processes
  • 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 on 1800 798 636 or complete the online form.

Managing expected onshore delays

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 are encouraged to have their target risk goods treated offshore and at container level, where possible. MC declarations must be lodged accurately and against relevant reporting time lines 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.

Containers held with a Seasonal Pest Hold

Containers held with a Seasonal Pest Hold (SP Hold in ICS) are unable to be actioned without a MC declaration about the risk status of the container.

As there may be many LCL consignments involved in a FAK container, as long as the cargo report or house bill reflects that goods have been shipped from a target risk country, the entire container will be subject to the Seasonal Pest Hold at the container level therefore preventing movement from the wharf and deconsolidation of that container.

If the goods have been shipped prior to the season commencement of 1 September 2019, these containers should be declared as Nil Risk with supporting documentation and manifests, etc. that meet minimum documentary and import policy requirements policy.

If a MC declaration has been lodged and the consignment still has a SP Hold in ICS, please check the container, vessel, voyage details of the lodgement against those in the Seasonal Pest (SeaPest) system. If they do not match, then the hold will not be lifted.

Managing the onshore risk

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 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.

Where can I get further information?

For further information regarding the policy for BMSB measures, visit the Seasonal Measures for BMSB webpage.

Fees and charges information

Under the Biosecurity Charges Imposition (General) Regulation 2016 and the Biosecurity Regulation 2016, fees are payable to the department for all services. Details on how the department applies fees and levies can be found in the charging guidelines.

Privacy Notice

Personal information means information or an opinion about an identified individual, or an individual who is reasonably identifiable. Personal information that is collected under or in accordance with the Biosecurity Act 2015 is also 'protected information' under the Biosecurity Act.

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (the department) collects your 'protected information' including personal and sensitive information in relation to this request to Master Consolidators to contact the department by email under the Biosecurity Act 2015 for the purposes of managing containers for BMSB seasonal measures and related purposes. If you fail to provide some or all of the relevant personal information requested in this advice the department may be unable to process the management of containers held for BMSB purposes. Information collected by the department will only be used or disclosed as authorised under the Biosecurity Act 2015.

See our Privacy Policy to learn more about accessing or correcting personal information or making a complaint. Alternatively, telephone the department on +61 2 6272 3933.

Last reviewed: 17 March 2020
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