103-2019 - 2019-20 Offshore Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) treatment providers scheme and application forms
27 June 2019
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 2019-20 BMSB seasonal measures.
What has changed?
The Australian Department of Agriculture and the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries have introduced a joint Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers Scheme (the scheme). The scheme sets out the minimum registration and compliance requirements for treatment providers conducting BMSB treatments offshore.
Applications to join the scheme are now open for new and renewing treatment providers.
- All BMSB treatment providers in target risk countries must be approved under the scheme to be able to conduct BMSB treatments on goods bound for Australia and/or New Zealand.
- Treatment providers that were registered under the scheme during the 2018-19 BMSB season must complete a renewal application for the 2019-20 BMSB season.
An updated approved list of offshore BMSB treatment providers will be established for the 2019-20 BMSB season and will be available on the Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers Scheme webpage.
The department strongly encourages all stakeholders in the import and shipping industries to contact offshore BMSB treatment providers in target risk countries informing them of their registration requirements.