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United States and Canada to Australia – New Zealand Fumigation Requirements for Southbound Cargo

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.

Please note the effective date of September 1, 2020, running through to May 31, 2021, ex the US and Canadian East and West coasts and the US Gulf coast ports of load.
Effective dates are based on the following criteria:

  • Begin date - Vessels departing at USA or Canadian ports on or after September 1st 2020
  • End date - Vessels arriving at Australia or New Zealand ports on or before May 31st 2021

Further note per prior years, 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 note that fumigation is the responsibility of cargo interests. The requirement extends to cargo loaded in consolidated shipments as well as for full container loads.

Should you have 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. You can also view the below links which describes effective
treatments as well affected cargo descriptions for each country.


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