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Change to Plastic Wrap Declaration on Fumigation Cerifictaes

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) have revised its minimum documentary and import declaration requirements policy.  The revised policy comes into effect from 2 August so treatment certs will need to adhere to policy version 4.0 from then.

What has changed?

The Minimum documentary and import declarations requirements policy sets the requirements for documents submitted to the DAWE for assessment of the biosecurity risk of goods imported into Australia. This includes requirements for certification related to treatments conducted in exporting countries to mitigate potential biosecurity risks prior to shipment.

As a result of the recently updated Minimum documentary and import declaration requirements policy version 4.0, documentary requirements for fumigation certificates are changing.

The current policy (version 3.0) differentiates statements required to be made on fumigation certificates with respect to impervious surfaces, wrappings and timber thickness depending on whether the treatment provider issuing the certificate is registered with the DAWE.

Current Policy (version 3.0) Requirements

Treatment providers other than those undertaking a treatment under one of the department’s recognised schemes (AFAS, BMSB) or to address the risk of Khapra Beetle are required to make a statement related to plastic wrapping of the goods only.

The current policy enables one of the following statements to be made:

  • ‘plastic wrapping has not been used in this consignment’
  • ‘this consignment has been fumigated before application of plastic wrapping’
  • ‘plastic wrapping used in this consignment conforms to the AFAS wrapping and perforation standard as found in the AFAS Methyl Bromide Fumigation Standard’.

Revised Policy (version 4.0) Requirements

The revised policy which comes into effect 2 August 2021 enables a single statement to be used on all methyl bromide and sulfuryl fluoride certificates regardless of the treatment provider.

The revised requirement is:

  • A statement confirming that the target of the fumigation conforms to the plastic wrapping, impervious surface and timber thickness requirements at the time of fumigation, as per Appendix 3 of the Methyl Bromide Fumigation Methodology.

Or

  • A statement confirming that the target of the fumigation conforms to the plastic wrapping, impervious surface and timber thickness requirements at the time of fumigation, as per Appendix 2a of the Sulfuryl Fluoride Fumigation Methodology

Reason for the change

The primary reason for this change is that the current statements do not address timber thickness and impervious coating considerations that must be taken into account to ensure effective fumigations are conducted. The new policy harmonises the requirement between providers and removes opportunity for conflicting statements to be made.