2020-21 Safeguarding Arrangements Scheme
As part of the 2020-21 Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) seasonal measures, the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (the department) has made a Safeguarding Arrangements Scheme available to industry stakeholders/importers. The Safeguarding Arrangements Scheme (the scheme) provides an alternate clearance pathway for goods imported as sea cargo during the BMSB risk season. It also provides recognition of the ability of approved participants to manage seasonal hitchhiker pest risk offshore, from the point of manufacture to the point of embarkation in line with eligibility criteria.
Safeguarding Arrangements will only be considered for offshore supply chains* that also meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Goods transported as break bulk cargo, including those shipped on flat rack and in open top containers, AND/OR;
- Goods transported as Full Container Load (FCL) or Full Container Consolidated (FCX) cargo, AND;
- Goods with the following minimum import volumes per supply chain during the BMSB season:
- 5000 vehicles/units, AND/OR;
- 50 x Twenty-Foot Equivalent Unit (TEU) containers, AND/OR;
- 25 x Forty-Foot Equivalent Unit (FEU) containers.
*An offshore supply chain includes all offshore sites from the point of manufacture to the point of embarkation and is identified by a single Supplier ID.
Safeguarding Arrangements will not be considered for:
- Onshore supply chains or sites located in Australia, AND/OR;
- Goods transported in Less than Container Load (LCL) and Freight of All Kinds (FAK) containers, AND/OR;
- Goods that have ‘many-to-many’ supply chains, such as those encompassing goods obtained from multiple suppliers to multiple importers, AND/OR;
- Where arrangements are already in place to manage biosecurity risks including, but not limited to, Asian Gypsy Moth, Burnt Pine Longicorn or Giant African Snail.
The scheme provides a shared approach between government and industry in the management of seasonal hitchhiker pest risk and offers many benefits, including:
- Opportunity for participants to implement systems to manage seasonal hitchhiker pest risk, including BMSB.
- Reduction of biosecurity risks and risk-management costs associated with seasonal hitchhiker pests.
- Recognition of offshore quality assurance procedures implemented by participants.
- Potential to reduce clearance delays at the border with reduced intervention through recognition of approved offshore Safeguarding systems.
- Increased level of confidence by the department in the integrity of goods arriving at the border.
Preparing for the 2020-21 Safeguarding Arrangements Scheme
In preparation for the release of the scheme for the 2020-21 BMSB season, the department is conducting a review of the existing application process and supporting documentation. An exact release date for the scheme for the 2020-21 BMSB season has not yet been confirmed, however the department aims to begin accepting applications during July 2020.
Applications submitted on the 2019-20 version of the application form will be unable to be assessed and will need to be resubmitted using the correct application template for the 2020-21 Safeguarding Arrangements Scheme once it becomes available.
The department will provide a notice to industry when the revised scheme applications are available and the Safeguarding Arrangement is open.
The supporting documentary requirements for the scheme will remain consistent with the previous season. To assist you in preparing your supporting documentation, the department has developed a range of reference materials which are located in the Downloads section below. These documents include a biosecurity and seasonal hitchhiker pest contamination guide, risk mitigation plan template, and contingency plan template. The reference material covers the identification of different types of biosecurity risk material, considerations for mitigating biosecurity and seasonal hitchhiker pest risk, and the development of contingency plans to address potential instances of contamination from biosecurity risk material.
As part of an application for the scheme, applicants will be expected to demonstrate (with documentary evidence) that the sites in the company’s offshore supply chains are actively mitigating seasonal hitchhiker pest risk, and have adequate contingency plans in place to ensure they are capable of responding to potential instances of contamination from seasonal hitchhiker pests.
Some types of evidence prospective applicants may wish to consider could include:
- Evidence of storage conditions and/or packaging that prevent the ingress of contaminants such as seasonal hitchhiker pests;
- BMSB baits/traps;
- Pest inspections/treatments – evidence may include receipts/reports from past inspections that include the areas inspections/treatments were conducted and types of treatments being applied;
- Detailed inspection procedures for goods for the presence of seasonal hitchhiker pests, and;
- Contingency plans that outline:
- How companies will isolate/remove potential instances of seasonal hitchhiker pest contamination;
- If pest inspectors will be engaged to assist with the contamination removal;
- How surrounding areas and goods will be inspected to ensure that further contaminations have not occurred and if so, how these will be managed, and;
- How further instances of contamination will be prevented.
As part of the documentary requirements, prospective applicants can also provide photos/images to support the information provided as part of their application.
When do safeguarding arrangements apply?
The scheme will be in effect during the 2020-21 BMSB risk season for goods considered target high risk and manufactured in, or shipped from target risk countries from 1 September 2020 to 30 April 2021 (inclusive) and that arrive in Australian territory by 31 May 2021 (inclusive).
The Safeguarding Arrangement will only apply to approved entities for specified tariffs and supply chains that have been assessed and recognised as part of the application and approval process.
Fees and charges
Currently there are no application or ongoing fees associated with the scheme.
Approved participants may incur a charge in the instance that the department is required to undertake an audit of offshore supply chains/facilities due to non-compliance with the scheme.
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