Stink Bug Season Continues
For those of you who read our ultimate guide to stink bug season, we now bring the latest updates from the industry two months in.
As we continue to operate under strict biosecurity regulations, we have found that many importers are experiencing delays. This includes those that are importing from non-risk countries.
If you are about to organise your first shipment out of a target risk country we urge you to download our guide to the stink bug season.
What is the Impact in Australia?
During the season from September to April stink bugs can arrive in Australia on cargo and in containers. This season The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources have introduced stringent measures to protect our borders.
Unfortunately we are finding the introduction of new emerging risk countries is having a severe impact at the Australian ports. As part of the Department’s initiative to understand the countries of risk they are currently undertaking a lower rate of random onshore inspections. These are from emerging risk countries including Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and Serbia.
As a result, delays in clearances and inspections are being experienced across the board.
Fumigation sites onshore are congested and you can expect delays of at least a week on arrival. As part of our services we have been requesting extended free time on full containers to reduce the risk of additional charges.
In the last week alone two vessels have been suspended at sea following the detection of live and dead exotic pests. The vessels have not been allowed to dock. As a result all containers on board are currently stranded. This only goes to show the severity of the BMSB season measures. You can read more about these two cases here.
Whose Shipments are Being Affected?
The below countries have been identified as high risk.
USA, Italy, Germany, France, Russia, Greece, Hungary, Romania, Georgia and Japan*. (*Heightened vessel surveillance only).
Typically, shipments from these countries are subject to the longest delays. However, the introduction of new emerging risk countries has led to delays across cargo from most of Europe.
Whilst the Department struggles to manage the amount of containers affected by stink bug season, all importers should be prepared to experience delays at this current time.
What Can I Do to Reduce My Risk?
Work with your forwarder to identify the type of goods you are importing. Clearly note whether they are exempt, high risk, target risk or originating from an emerging risk country.
Check the origin of your goods.
Remember: Even if your goods are being exported from a non-risk country, but were manufactured in an affected country, treatment will still be required.
If your goods are high risk, work with your forwarder to source a suitable approved treatment provider. Ensure goods are treated offshore to reduce delays on arrival. Check The Department of Agriculture Website for a list of approved treatment providers.
Budget additional costs for your shipment in case your goods are directed for inspection on arrival in Australia.
If you decide to ship high risk goods without a treatment certificate you must have your goods treated immediately upon arrival. Current congestion is resulting in delays of around a week. You should also be cautious, if your goods remain untreated they can be completely destroyed.
One Last Tip
Your forwarder will be able to guide you through stink bug season. Remember to check out the risk category of your goods prior to shipping. The more prepared you are prior to arranging your shipment the less impact the stink bug season will have on you.
Should you have any questions regarding this please contact your ICE team member on 1300 CARGO1.