Further to our recent newsletter (2021/2022 Seasonal Measures for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB)) the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) have subsequently advised that due to detections of BMSB in air cargo shipments last season they will be conducting random verification inspections on target risk goods (chapters 84,85, 86and 87 of the customs tariff) exported from Italy and US (highest risk chapters from highest risk countries). This will be on air cargo arriving between 1 September and 30 November 2021.
The Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA), of which ACA International is a member, sought clarification frpm DAWE and received the following response:
"The department has intention of running a limited BMSB verification regime across air cargo from September 1 to November 30 inclusive on target risk chapters 84-87 exported from Italy and US (highest risk chapters from highest risk countries).
The department is still working through how best to implement the verification regime and thought must be given to the ever changing impact of COVID-19 in Sydney as well as the rest of Australia.
The intention will be to shift verification regimes around so as not to double up on utilisation of Inspectors and create unnecessary additional burden on them and industry as a whole.
When the department finalises the arrangement they will be in a position to be more overt in their cargo verification regime."
We will update you once the policy is released.