Further to our previous notice dated 16 July 2018, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) has confirmed the introduction of an approved Offshore BMSB Treatment Provider’s Scheme for the 2018-2019 BMSB season as well as HS tariff commodity codes identifying both target high risk and target risk goods.

Offshore BMSB Treatment Provider’s Scheme

Treatment providers in target risk countries including USA, Italy, Germany, France, Russia, Greece, Hungary, Romania and Georgia that intend to conduct BMSB treatments must register under a new approved Offshore Treatment Providers Scheme. Treatment providers in non-target risk countries who intend to conduct BMSB treatments for goods that were manufactured in USA, Italy, Germany, France, Russia, Greece, Hungary, Romania and Georgia are also encouraged to register.
Only those offshore treatment providers that meet DAWR’s requirements will be approved and BMSB treatment certificates will only be accepted from offshore providers on the approved list.

Target High Risk Goods

Target high risk goods and associated HS tariff commodity codes have been released by DAWR. All HS tariff commodity codes under chapters 36, 44, 45, 57, 68, 69, 70, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89 and 93 are currently being considered. Goods in this category shipped as LCL, FAK, break bulk, open top or on flat racks will require mandatory offshore BMSB treatment. The option for onshore treatment is currently being considered for goods in this category shipped as FCL and FCX.

Target Risk Goods

Target risk goods and associated HS tariff commodity codes have been released by DAWR. All HS tariff commodity codes under chapters 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 31, 38, 39, 40, 46, 47, 48, 49 and 56 are currently being considered. Goods in this category will be subject to increased onshore intervention.

What to Do in Preparation

If you will be importing target high risk goods shipped as LCL, FAK, break bulk, open top or on flat racks between 1 September 2018 and 30 April 2019, you will be required to arrange treatment of the containers with your suppliers, or our origin office, before they are shipped.

If you used an offshore treatment provider last season and intend using them again this season, we recommend that you let them know about this requirement and encourage them to register for Offshore BMSB Treatment Provider’s Scheme without delay.

The application form for the scheme and further details regarding the 2018-2019 BMSB seasonal measures can be found HERE.

All measures are expected to be finalised in early August 2018 and we will continue to provide further updates as new information becomes available.

Please contact our Customs Broker Team at brokers@visaglobal.com.au if you have any questions

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