New seasonal measures to prevent the importation of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) apply for goods shipped to Australia on or between 1 September 2018 and 30 April 2019. (This is the date the shipment departs the origin country).
Targeted high risk shipments and commodities this year include:
All tariffs under the following chapters are being considered as high-risk goods.
|36 Explosives, pyrotechnics||74 Copper||84 Machinery|
|44 Wood||75 Nickel||85 Electrical machinery|
|45 Cork||76 Aluminium||86 Railway locos|
|57 Carpets||78 Lead||87 Vehicles|
|68 Stone, cement||79 Zinc||88 Aircraft|
|69 Ceramics||80 Tin||89 Ships|
|70 Glass||81 Base metals||93 Arms, ammunition|
|72 Steel, iron||82 Tools, cutlery|
|73 Steel articles||83 Base metal|
**Note for those of our clients importing boats and yachts, chapter 89 – “ships” is where your shipments are classified, so this notice absolutely applies to you if you’re importing from one of the targeted countries.
Targeted countries of origin this year include (This is the country from where the goods are shipping, not the country of origin);
- United States of America
- Japan (heightened vessel surveillance will be the only measure applied).
Method of treating targeted goods;
Treatment options include;
- heat treatment
- methyl bromide fumigation
- sulfuryl fluoride fumigation.
Refer this link to the Department of Agriculture for more details.
It’s very important that targeted goods are treated in accordance with the requirements at origin. Delays and additional costs will be incurred otherwise on arrival.
We would like to remind clients this is only the 3rd year the Department has targeted this pest and as such, demand for off shore treatments in some areas can exceed supply. To this end we encourage you to liaise with your suppliers now in order to not be left dealing with delays or unnecessary additional expenses.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us should you have any questions or concerns.