The recent amendments to import conditions for containerised goods ex USA are a result of significant detections of BMSB on a wide range of goods and a review and assessment of the risk of entry of BMSB on Italian goods, and NOW the Department is Targeting UK origin Goods
This assessment led to the recommendation and urgent implementation of amendments to biosecurity conditions in order to manage this risk and protect our $9.2 billion horticulture industry that would be significantly affected if BMSB were to establish in Australia. The current level of risk associated with BMSB from USA meant the measures needed to be implemented in a short timeframe to ensure the department maintained an appropriate level of protection for Australia.
As a part of the risk assessment it was determined that unless it can be demonstrated that USA goods have been sourced outside the high risk period they should be treated as in scope for additional measures to ensure risk is appropriately managed.
If declarations can be provided we will be able to assess the entries and apply alternate conditions or waive requirements all together.
When the shipment comes through if the below can be confirmed on the suppliers letterhead as a declaration in accordance with the minimum documents policy and sent through with the entry number to the ‘airandseacargo’ e-mail inbox we can assess the entry to see if alternative clearance arrangements are possible
Containerised goods from USA only
- FCL/ FCX containerised goods in the target tariffs are subject to the same requirements as break bulk
- for used goods shipped between 1 September 2017 and 30 April 2018
- for new goods manufactured and/or stored between 1 September 2017 and 1 December 2017
- for new goods manufactured on or after 1 December 2017.
- As with last season, LCL containerised goods will not be targeted under these measures.
- FCL/FCX containerised goods that arrive untreated will require mandatory treatment onshore. Containers will be permitted discharge to the wharf if the seals are intact, and moved to either an Approved Arrangement Site 1.1 or 1.3 or at a class 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2,6, or 4.6 class AA site that is in a metropolitan location and has previously been approved to conduct methyl bromide fumigations.
Break Bulk and goods from the USA manufactured after 1 December
New goods in the target tariffs manufactured on or after 1 December 2017 and shipped on or before 30 April 2018 do not require offshore treatment if they have a consignment specific manufacturer’s new and used and not field tested (NUFT) declaration which includes the date and place of manufacture. A good is only considered to be manufactured after 1 December if all its large, complex components have also been manufactured after 1 December.