21 December 2020
Who does this notice affect?
Clients in the import and shipping industries—including freight forwarders, importers and customs brokers—associated with importing goods that require BMSB treatment during the BMSB risk season (goods shipped between 1 September 2020 that arrive in Australian territory by 31 May 2021 inclusive).
What has changed?
Following the identification of critical non-compliance, the department and the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries has suspended A.B.R.A.S SRL (AEI: IT4001SB) and Centro Disinfestazione Livornse (IT4004SB )from the Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers Scheme.
The companies will be listed as ‘suspended’ on the Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers Scheme’s List of BMSB Treatment Providers. The companies may no longer perform treatments on Australian and New Zealand bound consignments. Any consignments treated by A.B.R.A.S SRL (AEI: IT4001SB) and Centro Disinfestazione Livornse (IT4004SB) will be re-treated or exported on arrival in Australia. This decision is effective immediately and no allowance is made for goods in transit.
The date of the suspension is published on the Summary of recent changes to the list of offshore BMSB treatment providers webpage. As per the department’s in-transit policy, all treatment certification issued by the treatment provider’s will be considered unacceptable from the date of the suspension, regardless of the treatment/issue date on the treatment certificate. This includes certification issued both before and after the change in their status.
Further detail on how different consignment types treated by the suspended treatment provider’s will be managed on arrival in Australia is provided on the Preparing to import goods during the 2020-21 BMSB season webpage.
For further information regarding the Offshore BMSB Treatment Provider Scheme suspensions and the in-transit policy, visit List of offshore BMSB treatment providers or contact BMSBtreatments@agriculture.gov.au.