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America to Australia Shipping – Seasonal fumigation guidelines

Posted on October 3rd, 2016

If your looking at moving freight via our America to Australia shipping services,  and New Zealand during the seasonal Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Season 2016/2017, the below guidelines and requirements need to be met.

For Cargo travelling via America to Australia Shipping methods, according to details released on the 75-2016 – Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Season 2016-17, The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has developed proposed measures to manage the 2016-17 seasonal risk of brown marmorated stink bug infestations in sea cargo shipped from the United States. The 2016-17 measures are largely the same as the 2015-16 measures, with season dates, treatments, and requirements for management of target goods unchanged.

There are some changes to the targeted goods. This is based on detections made and information gathered from surveillance conducted during the 2015-16 response. Before undertaking America to Australia Shipping review the 2016-17 targeted goods will:

  • include machinery parts shipped as break bulk (not containerised)
  • include machinery from additional tariffs
  • exclude lower risk goods such as small all-terrain vehicles, jet skis, canoes and buoys. AQIS Commodity codes will be created to assist with the exclusions of lower risk goods.

The final 2016-17 measures will remain in place for the entire season unless pest infestations are detected. Should this occur, the department may impose emergency requirements similar to those implemented during the 2014-15 season. The department is also monitoring the risk of brown marmorated stink bugs from other parts of the world and will develop measures if required.

The Season runs from 1stSeptember 2016 through to 30 April 2017 for america to australia shipping. Inclusive and the measures are applicable to Importers shipping Break bulk, boats, machinery, machinery parts, vehicles and containerised cargo from the United States.

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Season 2016-17

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Season 2016-17

The measures will remain in place for cargo from America to Australia shipping for the entire season unless pest infestations are detected. Should this occur, the department may impose emergency requirements similar to those implemented during the 2014/2015 season. The department is also monitoring the risk of brown marmorated stink bugs from other parts of the world and will develop measures if required. Please check any current updates on the DAWR website here.

For cargo imported into New Zealand, the treatment continues as per current requirement. The treatment for NZ cargo is all the year around. Information for MPI requirements for importing of Vehicles and Machinery can be found here.


Australian Quarantine

Posted on September 18th, 2013

Australian Quarantine, If you’re importing, it’s your responsibility!

If you are importing anything into Australia, you need to make sure you are aware of all the laws that govern that process, especially around any edible/organic goods. It is imperative that you are well aware of the laws that enable you to do so, and follow the guidelines set by Australian Quarantine.

DAFF- Protecting our Biosecurity.

DAFF or the Department of Fisheries and Forestry, is the government body that sets these rules out and manages the border controls that allow or disallow these products to pass international ports and from state to state. Daff is a facet of the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. DAFF is also responsible for carrying out the inspections and certification of livestock that comes in and goes out of Australia for business.

DAFF Officers monitor the shipment of:

Protecting Australian Assets.

Australian quarantine import and export laws are among the strictest in the world, and for good reason. We have one of the most productive export economies and a fragile ecosystem which, under the strict observation and control of authorities, has remained relatively free from biological threats that have caused damage to other countries with less strict laws governing export and imports.

How Passable Goods are Determined.

DAFF officers investigate all shipments using a host of tools to implement investigation. X-ray machines, sniffer dogs and manual searches are all applied in order to determine legal shipping conditions.  Australian Quarantine is a valuable asset to Australia by ensuring it is free from pests and this in turn plays a vital role in keeping the country’s economy strong. The department regularly undertakes research to determine australia’s import risks. DAFF also administers the Imported Food Programme, which deals with all food imported into Australia, and determines whether it meets our Quarantine Standards and the Food Standards Code.

Non-Compliance- It’s breaking the law.

Australian quarantine takes any breach of security very seriously and harsh penalties apply for those who fail to comply with those strict standards. So, how do you make sure that your shipment is compliant under these strict laws?  When packing your cargo into a container we can only use certain types of material for dunnage.  If you don’t use the right material it will cost you considerably to dispose of and fumigate the timber. If you have any doubts as to whether your shipment is suitable for import or export into Australia, it is important to clarify those concerns at your earliest convenience.

Be reassured.

With over 45 years of experience in the field of shipping both at an international and domestic level, Kenter International can provide you with further information and references regarding your unique concerns and Australian quarantine. Please contact our customer solutions desk for further information today. Click here to fill in our form.