Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment 2021-22 BMSB Season Newsletter Edition 2 AND Biosecurity Matters – Edition 4 2021

2021-22 BMSB Season Newsletter 

  • Mixed Goods Consignments
  • 120 hours post treatment window
  • Offshore treatment and AEI reporting
  • BMSB detections

Biosecurity Matters – Edition 4 2021

  • Don’t let your farm become a paradise for mice
  • Disease passed on by mice as risk to ag workers
  • Digital crow’s nest keeps an eye on the horizon for biosecurity risks
  • Caring for a sacred sapling
  • Pest and disease detections in the palm of your hand
  • Boosting our frontline ranks ...
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Upcoming Extension of Sea Container Measures (Phase 6A) to Protect Against Khapra Beetle

As notified here, the Department of Agriculture, Water, and the Environment will be extending Phase 6A measures to further minimise the risk of the introduction and spread of khapra beetle to high-risk rural areas.

As part of this, Full Container Load/Full Container Consolidated (FCL/FCX) containers that are packed in a khapra beetle target risk country and will be unpacked in a rural nut growing postcode of Australia must be treated offshore using an  Continue Reading →

Khapra Beetle Phases 4 and 5, and Extension of Phase 6A Measures

Khapra Beetle Phase 4 and 5 measures

In early 2022, Phase 4 and Phase 5 of the khapra beetle urgent actions are expected to commence. Phase 4 will introduce revised phytosanitary certification requirements for other-risk plant products exported from all countries. Phase 5 will introduce phytosanitary certification requirements for seeds for sowing exported from all countries and arriving via all arrival modes.

Summary of the new requirements:

Anticipated Permit Application Assessment Delays – The Department

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment would like to provide an update on turnaround times for permit applications to import animal and microbial derived goods for human consumption, human therapeutic use, human cosmetic use, and ornamental goods.

As of 20 September 2021, the department is experiencing delays of several weeks to the normal permit assessment processing times.

While the department aims to process permit applications within twenty business days, as per the service charter, the process of assessing permit applications ...

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BICON Update – Methyl Bromide Fumigation Certificate Requirements for Khapra Beetle

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment has issued Industry Advice 192-2021 advising of minor revisions to the methyl bromide fumigation certificate criteria in BICON for goods subject to the urgent actions to protect against khapra beetle (khapra measures).

What has changed?

From 30 September 2021, the department will make minor revisions to the methyl bromide treatment certificate criteria in BICON for goods subject to the urgent actions to protect against khapra beetle.

IMPORTANT: There is no change to the ...

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Khapra Beetle Phase 3 Measures: New Requirements for High-Risk Plant Products Imported via All Commercial Pathways

The Department of Agriculture, Water and The Environment has issued import industry advice notice 177-2021 regarding Khapra Beetle phase 3 measures.

Phase 3 of the khapra beetle urgent actions will commence on 30 September 2021. To reduce the risk of khapra beetle entering Australia, new import conditions will apply to high-risk plant products exported on or after 30 September 2021. Import conditions will differ depending on the country of export.

Note: The new ...

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Changes to Khapra Beetle Measures

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment has issued Industry Advice 163-2021 advising changes to khapra beetle measures.

What’s changed?

Exclusions list 

The exclusion list for high-risk plant products on the khapra beetle urgent actions webpage has been updated. The exclusions list of high-risk plant products is relevant to Phases 1 to 3 and Phase 6A part 1. 

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Minimum Documentary and Import Declaration Requirements Policy

In 2019, the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment announced a review of the minimum documentary and import declaration requirements policy. Following internal and external stakeholder engagement, the review has been completed and the updated policy has been published.

The revised policy comes into effect on 2 August 2021. Any goods exported to Australia from this date must follow the revised policy.

The department acknowledges that documentation issued for cargo exported to Australia prior to 2 August 2021 may not meet ...

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Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Seasonal Measures 2021-22

The Department of Agriculture, Water, and the Environment has published the seasonal measures for the 2021-22 BMSB risk season which commences on the 1st September 2021.

The list of target risk countries will now include Poland in addition to target risk countries identified for the 2020-21 BMSB risk season.

Emerging risk countries for the 2021-22 BMSB risk season include: Belarus, Malta, Sweden, United Kingdom, and Chile.

For the 2021-22 BMSB risk season, measures will apply to:

  • Certain goods manufactured in, or shipped ...
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Documents Required For Fumigation Certificates For Imported Goods

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment has issued Industry Advice Notice 152-2021 dealing with documentary requirements for fumigation certificates for imported goods.

The Minimum documentary and import declarations requirements policy sets the requirements for documents submitted to the department for assessment of the biosecurity risk of goods imported into Australia.

This includes requirements for certification related to treatments ...

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