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Australia / New Zealand - Fumigation Requirements

Please be advised that the Australian Government’s Department of Agriculture and the New Zealand Governments Ministry of Primary Industries have issued revised measures regarding fumigation against the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug.

Foregoing takes effect as from September 1, 2019, running through to May 31, 2020, ex the US and Canadian East and West coasts and US Gulf coast ports of loading.

Effective dates are based on the following criteria:

  • Start date - Vessels arriving at USA or Canadian ports on or after September 1, 2019.
  • End date - Vessels arriving at Australia or New Zealand ports on or before May 31, 2020.

Further note we have established a requirement that for high risk containers, special equipment, ie. open tops, flatracks and breakbulk cargo, a fumigation certificate for “BMSB” will be mandatory for submission by customers prior to loading, in line with requirements of the “Department of Agriculture and Water Resources” (DAWR).

In case fumigation certificate is not presented accordingly, related booked shipments will not be loaded.

Please be aware that fumigation is the responsibility of cargo interests. The requirement extends to cargo loaded in consolidated shipments as well as for full container loads.

In case you have further questions regarding applicability of the rule to specific cargo that you may be shipping, please contact the relevant Australian and New Zealand authorities for clarification/ruling.

For additional information you are also welcome to view guidance on effective treatments as well affected cargo descriptions shown on governmental websites for Australia respectively New Zealand.

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