147-2020 - Streamlined brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) fumigation arrangements available

10 September 2020

Who does this notice affect?

This notice affects biosecurity industry participants (BIPs) who fumigate imported consignments due to BMSB concerns. These are BIPs that hold an approved arrangement (AA) with the department that includes one or both of the following AA classes:

  • 12.1 – methyl bromide fumigation
  • 12.2 – sulfuryl fluoride fumigation

What has changed?

The department is introducing a streamlined option for BIPs who provide fumigation services.

This involves varying the BIP’s current AA to include additional conditions relating to in-container remedial action for BMSB treatment.

Importantly, this variation will also allow class 12.1 or 12.2 BIPs to conduct in-container remedial action to make the consignment suitable for fumigation without contacting the department for approval.

BIPs who conduct BMSB fumigations are encouraged to apply for this voluntary variation to their AA.

Where an application for this variation is received and approved, the department will add the conditions outlined in Appendix 1 to the BIP’s AA. These conditions will only apply to fumigations associated with BMSB treatment directions.

To apply for this AA variation to conduct BMSB in-container remedial action, BIPs should use the variation application form located on the department’s website. When completing the application form, BIPs should state, “BMSB in-container remedial action" in Section G.11 of the application form. Further information on the application process for AAs is available on the department's website.

BIPs are under no obligation to apply for this AA variation. BIPs who wish to undertake BMSB fumigations but who do not wish to apply for this variation will be subject to policies and processes similar to those that applied during the 2019-2020 BMSB season.

BIPs without this variation to their class 12.1 or 12.2 AA are not permitted to undertake any in-container activities to make a consignment suitable for fumigation unless specifically authorised to do so in a biosecurity direction issued by the department.

Further information

For further information, please contact aa.canberra@awe.gov.au.


Appendix 1: Proposed additional approved arrangement conditions for in-container activities prior to BMSB fumigation

  1. The accredited person must not unpack the container unless the biosecurity direction explicitly states that unpack is authorised.

  2. Where the accredited person determines that unpack of the container is required to make the goods subject to biosecurity control suitable for treatment and the biosecurity direction does not authorise an unpack of the container, the accredited person must immediately:
    1. close the container doors, and
    2. notify the:
      1. department at the email address specified in the biosecurity direction comments, and the
      2. biosecurity industry participant for the approved arrangement site and advise them that treatment cannot occur and that a biosecurity direction for an unpack of the container is required.

  3. The accredited person must use equipment (e.g. sheet, mesh or false door) to prevent the escape of insects and other arthropods while the container doors are open.

  4. The equipment (e.g. sheet, mesh or false door) used to prevent the escape of insects and other arthropods from an open container must be:
    1. secured to the container door opening,
    2. secured around the entire door opening in a way that ensures no gaps between the equipment and container through which insects and other arthropods could escape,
    3. in place before or immediately after the container doors are opened or after the container doors are reopened, and
    4. treated with the target risk container.

  5. Where mesh is used to prevent the escape of insects and other arthropods from an open container, the mesh:
    1. aperture must be a maximum of 1.6mm diameter, and the
    2. strand thickness must be a minimum of 0.16mm.

  6. Where the accredited person detects live or dead insects and other arthropods inside the container prior to, or during the securing of equipment to the container door opening to prevent the escape of insects and other arthropods, the accredited person must immediately:
    1. apply knockdown spray for a minimum of 12 seconds to the inside of the container, and
    2. close the container doors, and
    3. apply knockdown spray, collect and secure any live insects and other arthropods that have escaped the container

      then, the accredited person must:

    4. ensure the container doors remain closed for a minimum of 30 minutes, then
    5. inspect for any live insects and other arthropods within the container immediately after the container doors are reopened, and
    6. repeat the above sequence until no more live mobile insects or other arthropods are detected.

  7. The accredited person must ensure that personnel and equipment are inspected and free of live insects and other arthropods prior to exiting the container.

  8. The accredited person must secure any insects or other arthropods that have escaped the container in a sealed plastic bag or container (e.g. jar, vial).

  9. If any live insects or other arthropods escape the container (including if subsequently captured), the accredited person must immediately notify the department by phoning the See. Secure. Report. hotline on 1800 798 636.

  10. Impervious materials (e.g. shrink wrapping) that are removed from the goods subject to biosecurity control must:
    1. be contained within the treatment enclosure and be treated with the container, and must'
    2. not be bundled tightly or wrapped in a way that prevents gas/air flow over the all surfaces of the impervious materials.

  11. Following in-container remedial action, the accredited person must:
    1. take photographs that clearly show the treatment suitability of the goods subject to biosecurity control, including:
      1. free air space around the goods subject to biosecurity control,
      2. any slashing of impervious materials,
      3. any removed impervious materials, and must
    2. maintain these photographs as records associated with the treatment, and
    3. provide these photographs to the department on request.

  12. The accredited person must clearly state that in-container remedial action has been performed on the record of treatment that is subsequently be submitted to the department in accordance with the requirements and conditions of the relevant approved arrangement treatment class.

Note:

The requirement in biosecurity directions for BMSB treatment to notify the department if the consignment is unsuitable for treatment will be taken to have been met if the accredited person indicates, in the comments field of the record of treatment, that in-container remedial action has been performed (see condition 12 above).

Accordingly, the accredited person is authorised to undertake in-container remedial action prior to heat treatment without having first notified the department. Notification must instead be provided on the record of treatment provided to the department following treatment in accordance with condition 12 above.

Definitions:

For the purpose of the conditions outlined above:

relevant treatment methodologyis defined as:

  • For methyl bromide fumigation – the Methyl bromide fumigation methodology
  • For sulfuryl fluoride fumigation – the Sulfuryl fluoride fumigation methodology

accredited personmeans the accredited person employed by the biosecurity industry participant providing fumigation services under a class 12.1 or 12.2 approved arrangement.

Last reviewed: 10 September 2020
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