USA to New Zealand – MPI BMSB LCL/FCL Cargo
New Zealand MPI Department has also announced they will be taking seasonal measures to prevent infestation of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB).
Effective from sailings on or after the 1st of September 2019 through to arrivals to New Zealand on or prior to April 30th 2020, all target high risk cargo shipped from the U.S. must be treated offshore at origin by an MPI (Ministry For Primary Industries) approved treatment provider. The New Zealand MPI has approved the same treatment providers as have already been approved for Australia with their BMSB program.
Target high risk goods are VMP (Vehicle, machinery and parts) cargo. Full details of the MPI-Import Health Standard for VMP goods can be found at:
Offshore treatment is mandatory for all shipment types, LCL/FAK, FCL and break bulk cargo. In order to comply with the New Zealand regulations, Brennan|Vanguard will begin fumigation of all consolidated FAK containers moving to New Zealand, with the exception of any cargo that cannot be fumigated due to potential of damage to cargo. This is necessary to avoid mis-declared cargo forcing the return of entire FAK containers to the United States as New Zealand is allowing no destination recovery option. We understand that not all commodities fall within the classification of a high risk commodity, as outlined in the BMSB regulations. However we also recognize that there is no harm in treating non-high risk commodities, and eliminates the possibility of the penalties associated with mis-declarations.
**PLEASE CONTACT YOUR MONDIALE REPRESENTATIVE IF YOU HAVE SENSITIVE CARGO THAT CANNOT BE FUMIGATED WITH SULFURYL FLUORIDE TREATMENT.**
**PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU REQUIRE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON TREATMENT PROCESS**
Charges associated with fumigation at origin for LCL cargo will be invoiced on all shipments from the USA as below:
Fumigation treatment: $30 w/m for all New Zealand bound cargo, minimum $100.
All LCL and FCL bookings will be placed on hold until we receive the attached completed and signed declaration, on company letterhead, from the party who placed the booking with Brennan|Vanguard Logistics Services, or on company letterhead from the exporter/importer.
We recommend that exporters & importers communicate to ensure they are aware of the requirements and consequences on non-compliance. We would also encourage you to take advice from your Customs Broker and monitor the MPI New Zealand government website for any clarification or changes.
Charges associated with fumigation at origin for FCL cargo will be requested on a case by case basis, and will incur additional trucking and chassis surcharges, along with fumigation costs. Shipping lines may also charge per diem charges if the container is out for more than four days due to fumigation delays. All charges incurred will be passed on at cost.
USA to Australia – LCL Cargo
Due to overwhelming customer feedback, we are reverting to our original Advisory. Customers are concerned about non fumed cargo getting held up by Customs at destination, or worse, have to be re-exported, so prefer to get as much cargo fumigated as possible. Please read below for further details.
For the second year in a row, the Australian Department of Agriculture measures for the 2019-20 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) season requires any LCL/FAK shipment that contains target high risk good, which are shipped from/via target risk countries, be treated by an approved treatment provider. The BMSB season applies for any cargo departing September 1, 2019, arriving to Australian territory by May 31, 2020.
Further details of the final seasonal measures for the 2019-20 BMSB season can be found on Australia’s Department of Agriculture website:
We learned during last year’s season that managing the Australian Department of Agriculture BMSB requirements and processes, entails a significant amount of process oversight and cost, regardless if the cargo required fumigation or did not. We also learned that many exporters and/or importers were unclear on the requirements and miss-declared their cargo resulting in severe delays at destination.
We understand that not all commodities fall within the tariff classification of a high risk commodity, as outlined in the BMSB regulations. However we also recognize that there is no harm in treating non-high risk commodities, and eliminates the possibility of the penalties associated with mis-declarations.
The charges for this BMSB season will be USD $30.00 w/m (per cbm/1000kgs) Minimum $100; for all cargo to or via Australia, be it fumigated or not.
To ensure compliance, a signed BMSB declaration must be submitted to us prior to the shipment being loaded. This declaration will provide the origin office with the necessary information to ensure no high risk goods are loaded without treatment. We plan to treat as many of our containers as possible, which will result in the box being released timely at destination. We urge you to select the “may be fumigated” box on the form you receive with your booking confirmation, unless it is imperative the shipment not be fumigated, and it is not subject to BMSB measures. Non fumigated cargo may experience delays.
We recommend that exporters & importers communicate to ensure they are aware of the requirements and consequences on non-compliance. We would also encourage you to take advice from your Customs Broker and monitor the Australian Department of Agriculture website as for any changes.