The Department of Agriculture has developed the following proposal to manage the seasonal risk of brown marmorated stink bug infestations in sea cargo shipped from the United States.
The proposed measures will apply to target goods shipped from ALL ports in the United States from 1 September 2015 through to 30 April 2016 inclusive. As per last season, new and used vehicles, vessels and machinery are the target cargo.
The revised treatment conditions are:
- Sulfuryl fluoride – at least 48g/m3 for 6 hours or longer or at least 16g/m3 for 12 hours or longer both with an end point reading of 50% or more of the initial concentration and conducted at a temperature of 10 °C or higher (please note this temperature is 5 °C lower than the MB conditions below).
- Methyl bromide – at least 16g/m3 for 12 hours or longer with an end point reading of 50% or more of the initial concentration and conducted at a temperature of 15 °C or higher (please note this temperature is 5 °C higher than the SF conditions above).
- Heat – 50 °C or greater for at least 20 minutes in the coldest location in the vehicle.
- From 1 September 2015, all used goods in the target tariffs shipped as break bulk must be treated for potential stink bug infestations no more than 96 hours prior to shipment on or before 30 April 2016.
- New goods in the target tariffs manufactured and/or stored between 1 September 2015 and 1 December 2015 and shipped as break bulk on or before 30 April 2016 must undergo offshore treatment, unless subject to safeguarding arrangements approved by the department.
- New goods in the target tariffs manufactured after 1 December 2015 and shipped as break bulk on or before 30 April 2016 require a consignment specific manufacturer’s new and used and not field tested (NUFT) declaration which includes the date and place of manufacture.
- Goods that arrive untreated must be treated onshore on wharf or at a QAP class 1.1 if safe to move. Treatment must occur within a 48 hour time frame at the wharf of arrival. If this cannot be arranged, the goods will not be permitted discharge but may be shipped to another port where treatment facilities are available or may be exported.
- FCL/ FCX containerised goods in the target tariffs are subject to the same requirements as break bulk
- for used goods shipped between 1 September 2015 and 30 April 2016, except that the treatment window prior to loading will not apply
- for new goods manufactured and/or stored between 1 September 2015 and 1 December 2015 and shipped seals intact
- for new goods manufactured after 1 December 2015.
- As with last season, LCL containerised goods will not be targeted under these measures.
- FCL/FCX containerised that arrive untreated will require mandatory treatment on shore. Containers will be permitted discharge to the wharf if the seals are intact, and moved to either a QAP class 1.1 or 1.3 (if fumigation facilities are available) for treatment.
We will continue to monitor all developments and keep you informed. If you have any questions, please contact our office