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If you are importing goods that fit within the category subject to the BMSB measures, you’ll need to either have your goods treated upon arrival (six-sided sealed containers only) or present a BMSB Treatment Certificate to customs authorities to demonstrate the goods have been treated at origin (Mandatory for open-top containers or breakbulk cargo). If treated offshore, the certificate must be provided by an approved offshore BMSB treatment provider who has been registered with Australia’s Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers Scheme. If treated on arrival, a certificate must be provided by your locally approved treatment provider.
Why an BMSB Treatment Certificate?Stink bugs are known to severely damage plant species, fruit and vegetables. The purpose of the BMSB Treatment Certificate is to indicate to the Australian Border Force that your cargo has been treated. The stink bug is not commonly found in Australia, they tend to travel via ocean cargo presenting a biosecurity risk to importing nations. They do not present a threat to human health but they do significantly harm agriculture.
Certificate ContentThe Stink Bug Treatment Certificate will typically be a one-paged document, and include:
- The approved treatment provider’s letterhead, including a unique certificate number issued by the treatment provider;
- The provider’s unique Entity Identifier (AEI) number;
- A short description of the goods that were treated, including the quantity;
- A link to the official documents relating to the consignment (may include your commercial invoice or bill of lading);
- Details of the shipment including the country of origin, destination and the purchaser’s and supplier’s name and address;
- Details of the treatment regarding fumigation and ventilation, including the dates these processes occurred and where;
- Declarations that the cargo meet certain packaging requirements; and
- A declaration that the shipment meets treatment requirements.