The Department of Agriculture (DoA) has released details of a Safeguarding Arrangements Scheme now open for application from broader industry as part of the 2019-20 BMSB seasonal measures for Target High Risk Goods.

The scheme is a detailed pest risk management plan that can be implemented by manufacturers offshore in consultation with DoA as an alternate clearance pathway to the mandatory treatment requirements. It will only apply to approved entities for specified goods and supply chains that have been assessed and recognised as part of the application and approval process and provides recognition on the ability of approved participants to manage biosecurity and seasonal hitchhiker pest risk offshore, from the point of manufacture to the point of embarkation.

In order to be eligible for the scheme, safeguarding arrangement will only be considered for the following:

  • Offshore supply chains and / or manufacturing/storage facilities.
  • Goods transported as break bulk including those shipped on flat rack and in open top containers
  • Goods transported in full container load (FCL) containers and full consolidated (FCX) containers
  • Goods with a minimum import volume of 50 containers or 5000 vehicles/units during the BMSB season.

DoA has included further information about the scheme on their webpage HERE. The webpage also includes a range of documentation to assist you in preparing your application.

Applications and supporting documentation can be forwarded electronically via email to the Safeguarding Arrangements Team (

Please don’t hesitate to contact your VGL representative if you require further information.

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