BMSB fumigation requirements for Australia and New Zealand

This is further to our previous September 5, 2019 message.  

Over the past two months, Canadian officials have been working closely with the Australian Department of Agriculture (DA) to minimize export issues and increasing awareness for Canadian companies of the new measures in place for BMSB. We are pleased to note that the DA has now accredited four treatment providers in Canada and has recently included these additional Canadian companies on its list of approved offshore BMSB treatment providers. Exporters can check the latest list of approved treatment providers on this DA BMSB website. Under some circumstances, exporters may also wish to consider the option of sending their products to Australia via the United States and using US-approved offshore BMSB treatment providers – there are currently 48 approved US treatment providers across the country which are also included on DA’s BMSB website.

The Canadian High Commission in Canberra is continuing to liaise with DA to monitor the implementation of the BMSB arrangements and identify any potential emerging issues of concern for Canadian exporters. DA continues to advise exporters that offshore treatment for BMSB is usually a preferable option to onshore treatment – both in terms of the time taken to clear the border and the costs of storage and transportation associated with the delays in treating consignments for BMSB. DA advise that with the expansion of the number of target risk countries from 9 to 33 in the 2019-20 BMSB risk season, Australian BMSB treatment providers face significantly increased demand for their services resulting in delays of up to six weeks at the Australian border.  

Canadian officials continue to encourage additional treatment providers to seek accreditation by DA so that they can become approved offshore BMSB treatment providers.

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