Further to information we previously provided on BMSB 9th August 2018, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) have provided further information on the upcoming seasonal requirements.

The 2018/19 BMSB season covers target commodities in sea freight consignments shipped from target countries between 1st September 2018 and 30th April 2019.

Further information provided by DAWR now clarifies:

  • LCL cargo can now be treated on arrival in Australia
    • Under limited circumstances LCL treatment will be permitted per LCL consignment, however in most cases, treatment will be required on the full container
    • It is still highly recommended that High Risk Goods shipped as LCL cargo be treated prior to shipping
  • Consignments that have Mandatory Offshore treatment requirements are:
    • Break Bulk consignments shipped from Target Risk Countries
    • Open Top containers shipped from Target Risk Countries
  • FCL containers can still be treated in Australia
  • DAWR have already advised that they will have difficulty meeting their service charter this year – in other words we can expect delays processing any consignments with DAWR due to stretched resources.
  • As well as delays in processing times we can expect to see increases in costs both at origin and here in Australia.  Fumigation at origin is your best option to reduce the chance of addition local cost being incurred, including, but not limited to, wharf and depot storage, extra cartage and container demurrage.  Do not hesitate to contact our staff for options to reduce avoidable costs where possible.

Further information is available on the departments BMSB webpage: http://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/before/pests/brown-marmorated-stink-bugs

Based on what happened during the 2017/18 BMSB season there is every chance of delays for consignments arriving this year.  Our recommendation is plan early to reduce your chances of consignments being delayed.

For more information please contact your Navia Logistics Key Account Specialist.