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2021-22 Season Measures – Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Australian Government Department of Agriculture have released the finalised measures for
Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) season 2021-22 on the 23rd of July 2021.
The 2020-21 BMSB risk measures will be from 1 September 2021 and that arrive in Australian
territory by 31 May 2022 (inclusive).


For the 2021-22 BMSB risk season, measures will apply to:
Certain goods (target high risk and target risk goods) manufactured in, or shipped from the
target risk countries as SEA CARGO will be subject to BMSB intervention.


AIR CARGO – 2021-22 BMSB MEASURES


Due to detections of live BMSB in previous season, air cargo arriving between 1 September and 30
November 2021 (inclusive) from USA and Italy, containing target high risk chapters 84, 85, 86 and
87 will be subject to random verification inspections.

TARGET RISK COUNTRIES FOR THE BMSB 2021-22


The following countries have been categorised as target risk. Any target high risk or target risk
goods which are manufactured in, or shipped from these countries will be subject to BMSB seasonal
measures:


• Albania
• Andorra
• Armenia
• Austria
• Azerbaijan
• Belgium
• Bosnia and Herzegovina
• Bulgaria
• Canada
• Croatia
• Czech Republic
• France
• Georgia
• Germany
• Greece
• Hungary
• Italy
• Japan (heightened vessel surveillance will be the only measure applied**).
• Kazakhstan
• Kosovo
• Liechtenstein
• Luxembourg
• Macedonia
• Montenegro
• Moldova
• Netherlands
• Portugal
• Poland
• Romania
• Russia
• Serbia
• Slovakia
• Slovenia
• Switzerland
• Spain
• Turkey
• United States of America
• Ukraine


TARGET RISK COUNTRIES FOR THE BMSB 2021-22 – CONT


The following countries have been identified as emerging risk countries for the 2020–21 BMSB risk
season and may be selected for a random onshore inspection: Belarus, Malta, Sweden, United
Kingdom and Chile.


We are also monitoring other countries through a lower rate of random inspections. These
include all remaining European countries, Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan, Argentina, South
Africa and Uruguay.


TARGETED GOODS


The measures for BMSB include high risk and target risk goods which are below.


TARGET HIGH RISK GOODS


• Goods in this category require mandatory treatment for BMSB risk.
• All tariffs under the following chapters are categorized as target high risk goods.


TARGET HIGH RISK GOODS


• Goods in this category will be subject to increased onshore intervention through random
inspection. If BMSB is detected the goods will be directed for onshore treatment.


• All tariffs under the following chapters are categorized as target risk goods.
In addition, the department continues to review the changing pest status of BMSB and will also be
undertaking a lower rate of random onshore inspections from other countries to verify pest absence
in goods.


For all other goods that are not categorized as target high risk and target risk goods, BMSB
seasonal measures do not apply. However, these goods may be subject to the measures if they are
part of a container or consignment that contains target high risk or target risk goods.


TREATMENT REQUIREMENTS


TREATMENT OPTIONS

Heat treatment
Methyl bromide fumigation
Sulfuryl fluoride fumigation.


MANDATORY OFFSHORE


Break bulk consignments
Mandatory offshore treatment of target risk goods and countries shipped break bulk, this
includes goods shipped on open top containers or flat rack containers.
Untreated break bulk will be denied discharge and be directed for export on arrival.


MANDATORY OFFSHORE OR ONSHORE TREATMENT
(OTHER THAN LCL OR FAK CONTAINERS)


Mandatory offshore or onshore treatment of target risk goods and countries shipped in sealed
six side containers will be required.


MANDATORY OFFSHORE OR ONSHORE TREATMENT
(LCL OR FAK CONTAINERS)


Mandatory offshore or onshore treatment of target risk goods and countries shipped in sealed six
side containers will be required. LCL (Less than Container Load) and FAK (Freight of All Kind)
containers with targeted goods will be managed at the container level for BMSB risk prior to
deconsolidation. (Deconsolidation or segregation of goods for treatment will not be permitted)


TREATMENT PROVIDERS


OFFSHORE TREATMENT;


The Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment 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 on goods bound for Australia and/or New Zealand
during the 2021-22 BMSB risk season.


Treatment providers who meet the scheme requirements will be added to the 2021-22 list of
offshore BMSB treatment providers
.


NUFT GOODS 1 DECEMBER 2021


New, unused and not field tested (NUFT) goods
The department will permit certain goods manufactured on or after 1 December 2021, and that
can meet the full NUFT criteria to be exempt from BMSB measures.
Goods classified under tariff chapters 82, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88 and 89 will be accepted under the
NUFT criteria as long as they meet certain conditions.


SAFEGUARDING ARRANGEMENT SCHEME
A new safeguarding arrangement scheme to allow certain goods and supply chain to be recognized
under safeguarding arrangement has been developed


WHAT IS THE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA?
• Offshore supply chain and/or manufacturing/storge facilities
• Goods transported as break bulk including those shipped on flat rack and in open top
containers
• Goods transported in full container loads (FCL) containers and full consolidated (FCX)
containers
• Goods with a minimum volume of 50 containers and 5000 vehicles/units during the BDSB
season.


Safeguarding Arrangements will not be considered for:
• Goods transported in less than container load (LCL) and freight of all kinds (FAK)
containers.
• Goods that have ‘many-to-many’ supply chains, such as those encompassing goods
obtained from multiple suppliers to multiple importers.
• Where arrangements are already in place to manage biosecurity risks including, but not
limited to, Giant African Snail, Asian Gypsy Moth or Burnt Pine Longicorn.


ANTICIPATED BENEFITS
The proposed Safeguarding Arrangements Scheme provides a shared approach between
government and industry in the management of biosecurity and seasonal hitchhiker pest risk
and offers many benefits including:
• Opportunity for participants to implement systems to manage biosecurity risks for
seasonal hitchhiker pests, including BMSB.
• Reduction of biosecurity risks associated with seasonal hitchhiker pests and associated risk management costs.
• Recognition of offshore quality assurance procedures implemented by participants.
• Potential to reduce clearance delays at the border with reduced intervention by
recognizing approved offshore safeguarding systems.
• Increased level of confidence by the department in the integrity of goods arriving at the
border.
• Reduced documentation burden.


Under the scheme, approved participants will be recognized for their ability to manage
biosecurity risk offshore, including seasonal hitchhiker pest risk such as BMSB, from the point of
manufacture to the point of embarkation.


The Safeguarding Arrangements Scheme will be in effect during the 2020-22 BMSB risk
season for goods considered target high risk and manufactured in, or shipped from target risk
countries from 1 September 2021 and that arrive in Australian territory by 31 May 2022
(inclusive).


The Safeguarding Arrangement will only apply to approved entities for specified goods and
supply chains that have been assessed and recognized as part of the application and approval
process.


More information regarding the safeguarding arrangement please see the below link:
https://www.awe.gov.au/biosecurity-trade/import/before/brown-marmorated-stink-bugs/safeguarding

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