BMSB Measures target China Imports
In a very worrying update for importers from China, the DAWE has recently announced that for the remainder of the 2021-22 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug season, ‘heightened measures’ will be applied to FCL shipments arriving from China.
In their latest update, they advise that “As a result of detections of live BMSB in some containerised commodities originating in China, the department will be adding China as an emerging risk country for the remainder of the 2021-22 BMSB season. The increased random inspection activities will apply to the following goods:
- Goods manufactured in, or shipped from China and,
- FCL / FCX containers – for goods shipped in sealed 6 hard sided containers and,
- Goods tariffed as Chapters 39, 68, 69, 70, 73, 84, 85 and 89.
LCL / FAK containers and break bulk goods (including those shipped on flat rack or in open top containers) are out of scope for increased inspection activities. In scope containers, as identified above, will be selected at random and will be directed for an ‘Inspection – Seals Intact Inspection’ under departmental supervision at a Class 1.1, 1.3, 2.1 or 2.2 Approved Arrangement. All random onshore verification inspections are required to be completed in a metropolitan location. If any BMSB or other biosecurity risk material is detected during the inspection, goods will be directed for onshore treatment as required.”
The announcement is a concerning one due to the volume of imports that Australia relies on from China and the potential disruption and increase in costs that this will present to importers should permanent and mandatory measures be applied as is the case for imports from USA and most of Europe each season. Shippers will be eagerly awaiting results of the increased intervention be announced, hopefully at the conclusion of the season with an update from DAWE as to whether China will be added to the list of Risk BMSB Countries.
Tugboat Masters Strike
In a recent announcement, The Australia Maritime Officers Union announced that masters of Svitzer Tugboats would strike in the ports of Sydney and Brisbane. There will be three work stoppages of 48 hours each on:
1. Thursday, 17 February;
2. Tuesday, 22 February;
3. Thursday, 24 February.
Captains of these tugboats are critical to hauling ships into Port. The impact will be felt in increased vessel berthing delays and landside import pick up and export receival schedules being disrupted. Some vessels may omit the ports all together, leading to import transhipment delays and “rolled” export consignments. Updates will be provided on any affected shipments arriving during this period.