The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has updated their mandatory measures to manage the seasonal risk of BMSB infestations in LCL containerised goods from Italy.
To manage the risk of BMSB importation on containerised goods from Italy, on 17 January 2018 the department introduced measures for all containerised goods shipped via sea cargo from Italy during the BMSB risk season to undergo an approved treatment. Refer to the BMSB webpage for information about approved treatments for this pest.
To manage the risk of cross contamination of containers and other goods, effective from 15 March 2018 any containers arriving from Italian ports and containing goods originating from Italy shipped as Less than Container Load (LCL) consignments will be held by the department under biosecurity control at the wharf. Containers of LCL consignments will then require treatment at the container level at either the wharf or at a class 1.1 or 1.3 approved arrangement site (AA) or at a class 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2,6, or 4.6 class AA site that is in a metropolitan location and has previously been approved to conduct methyl bromide fumigations.
Where evidence is provided that the container has been treated containing all shipped LCL consignments offshore with one of the approved BMSB treatments, and where a valid treatment certificate is presented to the department, the container will not require further treatment.
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