DAWR – BMSB – Italian Treatment Providers Potentially Suspending Operations

DAWR – BMSB – Italian Treatment Providers Potentially Suspending Operations

 

 

 

Further to the DAWR announcement in December of the suspension of 3 Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers in Italy, we have been advised the following update –

On 19 December the DAWR communicated to ALL offshore heat treatment providers to reinforce the existing heat treatment requirements. In particular, ‘DAWR’s temperature sensor requirements to ensure that the minimum temperature of the coldest part of the treated goods reach at least 50 °C for at least 20 minutes during BMSB treatments.  If you cannot comply with these requirements, you must not conduct BMSB heat treatments and should instead advise your customers to use an alternative approved treatment method.’

DAWR took this action due to a number of failed heat treatments from Italian treatment providers.

Some treatment providers that treat outside, mainly on the wharf, may be experiencing difficulties achieving the DAWR temperature sensor requirements during the current winter months.

DAWR has heard that some Italian treatment providers were concerned by the suspensions and that some may stop treating goods. A check of DAWR database indicates that DAWR last received treatment certificates from Italian providers on 21 December.

As part of a visit by DAWR staff to Italy in January to review the performance of suspended Italian providers, a meeting with members of the Italian Fumigation Association has been arranged at their request on 14 January. DAWR and NZMPI will attend the meeting.

DAWR Treatment of Consignments in Transit from a Suspended Provider

An offshore BMSB treatment provider will be deemed ‘suspended’ when flawed treatment practices or fraudulent documentation are confirmed. A treatment provider may also be suspended if it fails a desk-top or on-site audit conducted by the department or approved third party. Treatment certificates are not accepted from a treatment provider as of the date it is listed as ‘suspended’ and there is no allowance for goods in transit. Consignments must be either:

  • re-treated in Australia
  • exported to the country of origin.

Current Suspended Treatment Providers Notices – La Spezia Container Terminal (AEI: IT4013SB)

165-2018 – Offshore Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Treatment Providers Scheme: treatment provider suspension: La Spezia Container Terminal (AEI: IT4013SB)

​23 November 2018

Who does this notice affect?

Clients in the import and shipping industries—including freight forwarders, importers and customs brokers—associated with importing goods that require BMSB treatment during the BMSB risk season (goods shipped between 1 September 2018 and 30 April 2019 inclusive).

What has changed?

Following the detection of live BMSB in a treated consignment the department has suspended La Spezia Container Terminal (IT4013SB) from the Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers Scheme.

Offshore treatment providers

La Spezia Container Terminal (AEI: IT4013SB) will be listed as ‘suspended’ on the Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers Scheme’s List of Treatment Providers and may no longer perform BMSB treatments on Australian bound consignments. Any consignments fumigated by La Spezia Container Terminal (AEI: IT4013SB) will be re-treated or exported on arrival in Australia. This decision is effective immediately and no allowance is made for goods in transit.

Radit Srl (AEI: IT4006SB)

186-2018 – Offshore Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Treatment Providers Scheme: treatment provider suspension: Radit Srl (AEI: IT4006SB)

11 December 2018

Who does this notice affect?

Clients in the import and shipping industries—including freight forwarders, importers and customs brokers—associated with importing goods that require BMSB treatment during the BMSB risk season (goods shipped between 1 September 2018 and 30 April 2019 inclusive).

What has changed?

Following the detection of live BMSB in a treated consignment, the department has suspended Radit Srl (AEI: IT4006SB) from the Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers Scheme.

Offshore treatment providers

Radit Srl (AEI: IT4006SB) will be listed as ‘suspended’ on the Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers Scheme’s List of Treatment Providers and may no longer perform BMSB treatments on Australian bound consignments. Any consignments fumigated by Radit Srl (AEI: IT4006SB) will be re-treated or exported on arrival in Australia. This decision is effective immediately and no allowance is made for goods in transit.

 

Nuova Cianidrica Srl (AEI: IT4002B)

191-2018 – Offshore Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Treatment Providers Scheme: treatment provider suspension: Nuova Cianidrica Srl (AEI: IT4002B)

​17 December 2018

Who does this notice affect?

Clients in the import and shipping industries—including freight forwarders, importers and customs brokers—associated with importing goods that require BMSB treatment during the BMSB risk season (goods shipped between 1 September 2018 and 30 April 2019 inclusive).

What has changed?

Following the detection of live BMSB in a treated consignment, the department has suspended Nuova Cianidrica Srl (AEI: IT4002SB) from the Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers Scheme.

Offshore treatment providers

Nuova Cianidrica Srl (AEI: IT4002SB) will be listed as ‘suspended’ on the Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers Scheme’s List of Treatment Providers and may no longer perform BMSB treatments on Australian bound consignments. Any consignments treated by Nuova Cianidrica Srl (AEI: IT4002SB) will be re-treated or exported on arrival in Australia. This decision is effective immediately and no allowance is made for goods in transit.

BMSB Update – DAWR Management of Non-compliant and Untreated Break bulk Goods and Break bulk Cargo Treated by Suspended Treatment Providers
DAWR have released the following Notices on Updates to BMSB Management of non-compliant and untreated break bulk goods and break bulk cargo treated by suspended treatment providers

 

195-2018 – Loading and shipment of break bulk cargo treated by suspended treatment providers during the 2018-19 Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) risk season

​​24 December 2018

Who does this notice affect?

Clients in the import and shipping industries—including vessel masters, freight forwarders, treatment providers, Biosecurity Industry Participants, importers, customs brokers and principle agents—associated with loading break bulk goods that require increased intervention during the BMSB risk season (shipped between 1 September 2018 and 30 April 2019 inclusive).

What has changed?

The department recently provided advice to industry through Industry Advice Notices 165-2018, 186-2018 and 191-2018 of the suspension of Italian treatment providers. Following these suspensions the department has reassessed the level of biosecurity risks associated with allowing break bulk treated by suspended treatment providers to be treated onshore.

Due to the high level of biosecurity risk to manage break bulk treated by suspended treatment providers onshore, the department has revised its onshore treatment policy for this cargo.

The department is providing the following advice to industry for immediate implementation regarding all target high risk goods that are shipped as break bulk (this includes goods shipped in open top or on flat rack containers), that have been treated by a suspended offshore treatment provider.

  1. Break bulk goods that were shipped on or prior to the relevant treatment provider being suspended (goods in-transit to Australia at the time of suspension) will be permitted to discharge/unload on arrival, provided assurance can be given to the department that any potential BMSB risk will be contained on arrival and mitigated. These goods may be subject to further inspection after onshore treatment.
  2. To provide assurance to the department a risk management plan must be submitted to the department via email to Air and Sea Cargo, prior to the goods arriving into Australia and before discharge. The plan must include:
    • Confirmation that the goods can be treated within 48 hours by a department approved onshore treatment provider either at the wharf or, at an approved arrangement site within the port precinct, and
    • Details on how the goods will be contained to manage the potential BMSB risk. For example, sufficient tarping to contain the risk including contingency for adverse weather. This may include envelope tarping or sealing.
  3. Break bulk goods that were shipped after the relevant treatment provider was suspended will no longer be permitted to discharge/unload within Australian territory or if it has been unloaded from the vessel, will be directed for immediate containment and export. These goods will be assessed the same as other non-compliant break bulk goods.Note: The department will allow these goods a window of up to 120 hours after the suspension date, for these goods to be loaded and shipped on board to Australia.
  4. Break bulk goods that have been discharged prior to, or on the date the relevant treatment provider was suspended will be permitted for onshore treatment. These goods will be directed for appropriate containment of potential BMSB risk and treatment within 48 hours of arrival. If the goods cannot be treated within 48 hours, they may be directed for export, based on timeliness of treatment or export options. Break bulk goods treated onshore may be subject to further inspection.

Goods that have been shipped in sealed six hard sided containers and treated by a suspended offshore treatment provider will continue to be permitted to discharge/unload on arrival as per the current processes. These goods will be directed for onshore treatment by a department approved treatment provider. Deconsolidation or segregation of goods will not be permitted prior to treatment and may be subject to further inspection.

The department will continue to review all risk pathways and any BMSB detections and where relevant make adjustments the current seasonal measures as required.

Vessel Operators

Vessel Operators are strongly encouraged to verify compliance with current BMSB requirements before loading goods onto vessels. Vessel Operators should not load untreated breakbulk goods or break bulk goods treated by suspended treatment providers for discharge in Australia after the suspension dates. If BMSB are detected, operators and staff must follow containment procedures to secure goods to limit any movement of insects and notify the department immediately. Vessel Operators should be aware they may also be asked to produce manifests to manage any potential biosecurity risks.

Meeting import conditions and managing contamination

Importers are responsible for ensuring that seasonal BMSB import conditions are complied with before importing goods and should ensure their stakeholders are aware of the risk of BMSB infestation and the importance of preventing infestation prior to shipping.

Shipping lines are also strongly encouraged to only load treated break bulk goods from target risk countries. If there are a mix of treated and untreated goods from non-target risk and target risk countries, it is recommended these goods be segregated to reduce the risk of cross contamination. Shipping lines should manage contamination risks to ensure goods are not contaminated with BMSB and/or other biosecurity risks.

Expected delays

As noted in the 116-2018 – Expected delays under 2018-19 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) seasonal measuresthe department continues to encourage industry to have their target high risk goods treated offshore, by an approved treatment provider where possible. Cargo reports and Full Import Declarations (FIDs) should be lodged accurately and as early as possible to assist with identifying and assessing these containers.

194-2018 – Management of non-compliant and untreated break bulk goods during the 2018-19 Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) risk season

​24 December 2018

Who does this notice affect?

Clients in the import and shipping industries—including freight forwarders, importers, customs brokers, vessel operators, shipping lines, stevedores, wharf operators and master consolidators—associated with importing goods that require increased intervention during the BMSB risk season (shipped between 1 September 2018 and 30 April 2019 inclusive).

What has changed?

The department would like to remind industry of the risk posed by BMSB and that all target high risk break bulk goods from target risk countries, must be treated offshore unless exceptional circumstances have been granted.

Loading only compliant goods and managing cross contamination

Importers are responsible for ensuring that seasonal BMSB import conditions are complied with before importing goods. If untreated break bulk goods (non-compliant break bulk) arrive into Australian territory, they will not be permitted to discharge/unload, or if unloaded, will be directed for immediate containment for potential BMSB risk at the wharf and export within 48 hours. This includes any untreated break bulk that is discharged and transhipped via Australia.

The department is currently reviewing processes to manage the risk of non-compliant break bulk goods, including requirements for vessel operators to include pre-arrival reporting of non-compliant break bulk that is in scope of the BMSB seasonal measures. This may include implementing cargo report profiles to hold and prevent the movement of break bulk goods at the wharf to better manage non-compliant break bulk cargo.

In the interim, vessel operators are strongly encouraged to only load treated break bulk goods from target risk countries.

In situations where there are mixed treated and untreated goods (goods that are not subject to BMSB measures), vessel operators are encouraged to consider treatment of all goods prior to loading to better manage the risk of BMSB and prevent cross contamination.

If treatment cannot be completed on all goods, it is recommended these goods be segregated to reduce the risk of cross contamination.

Vessel operators should manage contamination risks to ensure goods are not contaminated with BMSB and/or other biosecurity risks.

The department notes that thermal fogging with a pyrethoid chemical insecticide is not an approved treatment. Pyfog is an irritant that can assist in the detection of BMSB during an inspection however it does not have the lethal dose required to provide the department with the confidence that all BMSB will be killed.

There are three treatment options that department consider sufficient to treat the risk of BMSB (heat treatment, sulfuryl fluoride fumigation and methyl bromide fumigation).

When loading and unloading break bulk goods, care should be taken as BMSB may be overwintering inside the goods. If BMSB are detected, operators and staff must follow normal procedures to secure goods to limit any movement of insects and notify the department immediately.

Vessel operators, stevedores and wharf operators

The management of non-compliant break bulk goods will require action by vessel operators, stevedores and wharf operators. Where non-compliant break bulk goods have been identified, vessel operators will be directed to not permit the discharge/unloading of non-compliant goods. If non-compliant goods are discharged, the goods will be directed for immediate containment for potential BMSB risk at the wharf and export within 48 hours.

Expected delays

As noted in the 116-2018 – Expected delays under 2018-19 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) seasonal measuresthe department continues to encourage industry to have their target high risk goods treated offshore, by an approved treatment provider where possible. Cargo reports and Full Import Declarations (FIDs) should be lodged accurately and as early as possible to assist with identifying and assessing these containers.

 

On-shore BMSB Treatment Taking up to 21 Days

DAWR confirmed that onshore BMSB treatment including entry processing and direction, inspection and fumigation can take up to 21 days.

DAWR advises BMSB shipment processing is resource intensive in the Department.

The treatment by onshore providers across the country will vary and bottlenecking may occur during the current peak season months for BMSB arriving here.

We checked with major treatment provider Price and Speed in Sydney, who confirmed they are currently handling around 50 containers per day and completing container fumigation in 24-48 hours.

All  should be aware of the implications of onshore treatment delays up to 21 days, including storage, container detention, customer missed deadlines.

DAWR strongly recommends offshore treatment of target high risk goods from target risk countries.