The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) has just released details of the Safeguarding Arrangements Scheme now open for application as part of the 2020-21 BMSB seasonal measures for Target High Risk Goods.

The scheme is a detailed pest risk management plan that can be implemented 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 of the ability of approved participants to manage seasonal hitchhiker pest risk offshore, from the point of manufacture to the point of embarkation.

To be eligible for the scheme, safeguarding arrangements 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 with a minimum import volume of 5000 vehicles/units per supply chain during the BMSB season.
• Goods transported in full container load (FCL) containers and full consolidated (FCX) containers with a minimum import volume of 50 X 20ft and/or 25 X 40ft containers per supply chain during the BMSB season.

A range of documentation to assist you in preparing your application can be found on DAWE’s updated webpage HERE.

Enquiries and completed applications with supporting documentation can be forwarded to the Safeguarding Arrangements team via email at safeguarding@awe.gov.au.

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