Air Freight is presently not effected
What are high risk consignments?
ØFor vessels arriving until 22 February 2015
All break bulk cargo including machinery, vehicles, vessels, and automotive parts found to be infested with adult stink bugs during on-arrival inspections in Australia and New Zealand. Vessels with cargo loaded at Savannah or Baltimore are being targeted for these on-arrival inspections because these ports present the highest risk.
ØFor vessels arriving from 23 February 2015
All break bulk cargo as outlined above, and containerised machinery, automotive parts and tyres arriving from east coast ports in the United States. These will require pre-shipment treatment certification.
ØFor vessels arriving from 9 March 2015
All break bulk and containerised cargo as outlined above from all remaining ports in the United States will require pre-shipment treatment certification.
How long will these measures be in place?
Because this risk has a seasonal influence, DoA anticipates that the current emergency measures will be in place until at least the end of April 2015 when the pest risk reduces. This pest is being picked up in increasing numbers in other goods from a range of countries in addition to the United States. At this stage, brown marmorated stink bugs are not being detected to the same degree from other countries and the risk can be managed. However, emergency measures may need to be imposed more often and possibly more broadly in the future until a long term solution to this pest is found offshore.
Advice to Customers & Agents
You should consider this advice in relationship to any cargoes that you have bound for Australia and New Zealand.
This action will affect all cargoes arriving from North America. An assessment of risk will be made on all cargoes. It is usual practice when emergency measures are taken, to develop actual strategies as more information is gained. This leads to some degree of inconsistence and confusion. DoA are the absolute authority in these matters and we, like everyone involved, have no choice but to comply.
Air freight is presently not covered by any specific risk protection regime, but all air cargoes will be monitored.
TFI Global recommends that where ever possible, cargoes should be fumigated before departure and copies of fumigation or treatment certificates should be sent with pre-alerts or any documentation. Treating these cargoes at origin is considerably cheaper than performing required treatments in Australia. Because;
- any movement of suspected cargoes is considered a high risk proposition.
- The volumes of this pest now being intercepted in break bulk imports are causing major treatment difficulties and logistic issues in the management of this risk on shore in both Australia and New Zealand.
DoA require Offshore treatment to ease the pressure on our ports and reduce the risk posed by the bugs to Australia.
Should you have cargo that could be affected, this will add to costs. You should email us with details of these consignments so we can assist you to work through any DoA requirements.
Matthew Wakefield – Director