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Dear Clients,

ARE YOU READY for BMSB SEASON 2019 / 2020?????

IMPORTANT

The 2019 / 2020 BMSB season commences for shipments departing on or after 

1st SEPTEMBER 2019.

Below are the critical details for your records;

  • Season commences for Sea freight cargo, departing on or after 1st SEPTEMBER 2019

  • Season ceases 31st MAY 2020 based on CARGO ARRIVAL DATE into Australia

NOTE – Season commencement date based on sailing date, however the end date is based on arrival date into Australia

  • 33 x countries are impacted, at the current time. This may increase over the course of the season. Refer to the table below (page 2) to see the countries impacted.
  • BMSB season currently only affects SEA FREIGHT.

AIR FREIGHT will be monitored and potential procedures for AIR FREIGHT could be applied.

  • FCL, LCL, Break-bulk and Ro/Ro cargo is targeted.
  • "TARGETED HIGH RISK" commodities that are moved as BREAK-BULK, RO-RO or in specialised containers (open tops / flat racks) must have MANDATORY offshore treatment.

Should goods arrive without a valid treatment certificate or a treatment certificate from an "UN-APPROVED" provider, then discharge will be denied and cargo is to be re-export, at your cost.

For standard FCL and LCL shipments, onshore treatment is accepted but we do not recommend this due to cost and delays, best to have it completed at origin.

You must ensure container packing meet’s standards to allow for successful fumigation, if goods cannot be fumigated, unpack of cargo is not allowed and re-export is mandatory.

Currently a total of 25 x HS CODE CHAPTERS are in the "TARGETED HIGH RISK", please refer to table below.

  • "TARGET RISK" commodities can be imported but are subject to inspection and potential on-shore treatment. It is recommended that "TARGET RISK" commodities are treated offshore, prior to arrival.
Total of 14 x HS CODE CHAPTERS are in the "TARGET RISK" please refer to the table below (page 4)

  • Offshore treatment providers – Must be approved and registered with the Australian Quarantine BMSB treatment provider scheme. To date only 11 are approved globally with an estimated 40 x applications still pending. A list can be found here

Steps to identify if you are impacted;

        1. Identify if your cargo is coming from one of the 33 x affected countries

        2. Identify if your cargo is on the "TARGETED HIGH RISK"

        3. If so then you must ensure your cargo is treated at origin prior to departure if its being moved via RoRo / BBULK / open top / flat rack.

        If FCL or LCL then we recommend offshore treatment, but onshore is acceptable

        4. If your cargo is not on the "TARGETED HIGH RISK", but on the "TARGET RISK" then it is recommended that you still proceed to treat at origin.

        5. For all HS codes that are not listed on either the TARGETED HIGH RISK or TARGET RISK, then no action is required (at time of publication)


              TREATMENT OPTIONS

              • Various Treatment options are available, each country is uniquely different due to country laws on acceptance of fumigant and also outside temperatures.
              • Approved BMSB treatment providers in each country would be aware of what is acceptable and would provide options to your shippers.
              • These include:
              Heat Treatment
              Methyl Bromide
              Sulfuryl Fluoride
              General Comments

              • Australian Quarantine department are very serious about minimising the exposure to BMSB and therefore they will not negotiate with cargo owners, should they instruct cargo to be re-exported you will have no other option.
              • Even though significant planning has been undertaken we anticipate that Quarantine will potentially be under-resourced and not fully prepared, leading to delays and added costs.
              • CIF & CNF importers are recommended to request additional container free days prior to shipment, in case of inspection or treatment requirements.
              • Expect delays and expect additional costs even if you have treated your container / goods at origin. WHY? As Quarantine will be conducting random inspection / audits of shipments to ensure service providers are achieving positive outcomes with treatment.
              • 2018 / 2019 season incurred significant delays (up to 3 x weeks) in some major ports, this was when there was only 9 x countries on the list, so we are expecting significant bottle necks to occur in 2019 / 2020.
              • Shipping lines will only aid container detention on a spot basis, with no guarantees. These costs will add up quickly when bottlenecks in treatment occur.

              Impacted Countries


              Albania

              Andorra

              Armenia

              Austria

              Azerbaijan

              Belgium

              Bosnia and Herzegovina

              Bulgaria

              Armenia

              Croatia

              Czech Republic

              France

              Georgia

              Germany

              Greece

              Hungary

              Italy

              Kosovo

              Liechtenstein

              Luxembourg

              Macedonia

              Montenegro

              Netherlands

              Romania

              Russia

              Serbia

              Slovakia

              Slovenia

              Switzerland

              Spain

              Turkey

              United States of America

               

               

               

               

              Japan (heightened vessel surveillance will be the only measure applied at this stage).



              HS CODE

              TARGET HIGH RISK

              36

              Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations

              44

              Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal

              45

              Cork and articles of cork

              57

              Carpets and other textile floor coverings

              68

              Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials

              69

              Ceramic products – including sub chapters I and II

              70

              Glass and glass ware

              72

              Iron and steel - including sub chapters I, II, III, IV

              73

              Articles of iron or steel

              74

              Copper and articles thereof

              75

              Nickel and articles thereof

              76

              Aluminium and articles thereof

              78

              Lead and articles thereof

              79

              Zinc and articles thereof

              80

              Tin and articles thereof

              81

              Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof

              82

              Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal

              83

              Miscellaneous articles of base metals

              84

              Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof

              85

              Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles

              86

              Railway or tramway locomotives, rolling-stock and parts thereof; railway or tramway track fixtures and fittings and parts thereof; mechanical (including electro-mechanical) traffic signalling equipment of all kinds

              87

              Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling-stock, and parts and accessories thereof

              88

              Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof

              89

              Ships, boats and floating structures

              93

              Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof


              HS CODE

              TARGET RISK

              25

              Salt; sulphur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement

              26

              Ores, slag and ash

              27

              Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes

              28

              Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals, of radioactive elements or of isotopes - including sub chapters I, II, III, IV and V

              29

              Organic chemicals - including sub chapters I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XII and XIII

              31

              Fertilisers

              38

              Miscellaneous chemical products

              39

              Plastics and articles thereof - – including sub chapters I and II

              40

              Rubber and articles thereof

              46

              Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basket ware and wickerwork

              47

              Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; recovered (waste and scrap) paper or paperboard

              48

              Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard

              49

              Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans

              56

              Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns; twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof

              If we can assist in any way to minimise your concerns please do not hesitate to contact one of the team from Transways Logistics International

              Dion Williamson
              NSW Branch Manager

               

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