Notice 2021-2022 season: Addition of China to the BMSB Emerging Risk Country List




Who does this notice affect?

Stakeholders in the import and shipping industries—including Master Consolidators, vessel masters, freight forwarders, treatment providers, Biosecurity Industry Participants, importers, customs brokers, and principal agents—associated with shipping or importing goods that require increased intervention during the 2021-22 BMSB risk season.


What has changed?

As a result of detections of live BMSB in some containerised commodities originating in China, the department will be adding China as an emerging risk country for the remainder of the 2021-22 BMSB season.


The increased random inspection activities will apply to the following goods:


  • Goods manufactured in, or shipped from China and,

  • FCL / FCX containers – for goods shipped in sealed 6 hard sided containers and,

  • Goods tariffed as Chapters 39, 68, 69, 70, 73, 84, 85 and 89.

  • LCL / FAK containers and break bulk goods (including those shipped on flat rack or in open top containers) are out of scope for increased inspection activities.


In scope containers, as identified above, will be selected at random and will be directed for an ‘Inspection – Seals Intact Inspection’ at a Class 1.1, 1.3, 2.1 or 2.2 Approved Arrangement.


The Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

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