Since the start of August this year, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has imposed a mandatory offshore treatment for all consignments of oversized or used tyres.
This also comes with a new set of standards for tyre consignments so all logistics organizations involved should be reminded to inspect prior to loading. Documentation such as the respective Declarations for exporters, manufacturers and suppliers must include information to confirm compliance with the new standards.
The said standards include:
- Tyres must have been manufactured within six months from the date of arrival in any Australian port. Otherwise, they are considered used.
- Tyres must be free of the following substances:
- Biological contamination
- Water or watermarks
- Consignment must have an invoice and corresponding container number.
Please be advised that if a tyre consignment is considered used or oversized (and required to undergo offshore treatment), you will also need an accompanying a valid treatment certificate.
For those still unfamiliar with the certificate’s own standard for Australian territories, treatment should comprise of methyl bromide fumigation with at least 48 g/m3. This should be done for 24 hours and at 21 degrees minimum. The treatment is also required to be carried out within seven days of loading (and with an additional declaration of said treatment).
In light of the new requirements above, it is highly recommended that all overseas supply chain and logistics organizations plan ahead with their tyre consignments. This can be done either with a plan that factors in delays from the mandatory treatment or manufacturing tyres to a speed that allows the consignments to meet the new standards.