BMSB – treatment of LCL / FAK consignments

Posted on 08/07/18 No Comments

Further to the Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) notice on Wednesday 25 July, FTA representatives (Andrew Crawford and Tony Nikro) have been continuing engagement with the Department of Agriculture & Water Resources in response to the many important questions being asked from members regarding changes for the upcoming Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) season.

Please see below the most recent advice received from the department:

“As per the updated information on the BMSB webpage, we have published the draft seasonal measures and list of tariffs being considered as high risk goods.

If goods are shipped as LCL or FAK, they will require mandatory offshore treatment. This will apply if any goods within the container contains target high risk goods.

For example, if a container has a mix of high risk, risk and exempt goods, they will be assessed at the highest risk. In this case, the container will require offshore BMSB treatment.

If there are goods within that cannot be treated, it is up to the importer to segregate the risk offshore. This may include treating the high risk goods within the container, then adding the remaining goods into the container before shipping. Documentary evidence will be required to enable officers to assess that the high risk goods have been treated in the container. If however, there are treated and untreated high risk goods in the same container, that arrive into Australia, they will be assessed as untreated due to risk of cross contamination. This will result in requiring the goods to be exported.

The decision to require mandatory offshore BMSB treatment of LCL and FAK consignments is due to the nature of goods being deconsolidated on arrival and the increased risk to manage these goods onshore.

We are still considering onshore treatment for FCL and FCX consignments, however this will likely be at the container level. Similar to LCL, if there are mixed goods in an FCL, the preference will be to manage, segregate and treat the goods offshore.

I trust this information assists.”

For further enquiries or clarification, please contact the department at

FTA will continue to provide updates as policy advice is received.

Paul Zalai – FTA / APSA

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