Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Season 2020|21 – Italy to NZ

New Zealand MPI has provisionally finalised the Import Health Standard for SEACO (Sea Containers). The full document is available on the MPI website as follows;

https://www.biosecurity.govt.nz/dmsdocument/41620-sea-containers-provisional-ihs

As you will be aware all risk cargo from Italy must be treated offshore during BMSB season from ETD Origin 1st September 2020 to ETA NZ 30th April 2021.

Sensitive Cargo List – Exclusions for Offshore Treatment
An MPI inspector may inspect containers and cargo instead of (fumigation or heat) treatment where;

  • The importer has notified MPI that the sea container contains cargo that the importer considers is sensitive and would be damaged by the treatments for BMSB specified in the MPI Approved Biosecurity Treatments; and
  • And MPI Chief Techical Officer has determined that treatment may damage the cargo

The list of sensitive risk goods that a MPI CTO considers to be sensitive to treatment is as follows;

  • Agricultural compounds and veterinary medicines
  • Food for human consumption (including beverages)
  • Food-grade packaging materials (such as thermal plastic film)
  • Fresh produce
  • Frozen food products
  • Live animals
  • Leather goods (apparel and furniture)
  • Pet food
  • Pharmaceutical products
  • Polyurethane foam products bales
  • Refrigerated goods
  • Seed for sowing
  • Special Category Risk Goods (Chemical, Explosive, Mineral, Radioactive or Volatile)
  • Textiles (including yarn)


Please refer to the MPI website for the most accurate list of sensitive goods https://www.biosecurity.govt.nz/dmsdocument/36069

Guidelines for Loading FCL
The Italy treatment providers have given additional information to assist suppliers with loading of their cargo. This is a process which they introduced in the 2019/20 season with success so they are following the same for the 2020/21 season. This a guide only as there are exceptions where cargo is unable to meet the requirements and in this instance our agent will work with the supplier and treatment provider to come up with a solution.

Combiline will request a photo from the supplier for ALL containers prior to arranging treatment to ensure the treatment company can view the load to ensure compliant for successful treatment.

  • The cargo should be palletised to ensure cargo is off the floor of the container to allow air to circulate (at least 10 cm)
  • All packages must have a small space between them to allow air to circulate (0.5 to 1cm)
  • If cargo is wrapped with plastic protective film it must be cut on all six sides of the pallet to allow for the treatment to be accessible to the cartons. The cuts must be clearly visible in the photos.

 

 Heat

  • Distance from container door :  100cm from door to goods (this is to avoid damage to cargo or packaging from the heat source)
  • Sides of container to allow treatment provider access to container to position probes :  45 to 50 cm on one side and 10 cm on the other side  or  5 cm on sides and in the middle 40 to 45 cm
  • Roof of container :  70 to 80 cm from top of cargo to roof

 Gas

  • Distance from container door :   35 to 40cm from door to goods
  • Sides and roof of container to allow provider to access the container :  5 cm from sides and 90 cm from cargo to roof  or  50 cm on one side and 5 cm on the other and 50 to 70 cm from top of cargo to roof

 

FCL Treatment Options
Containers must be treated before arrival in New Zealand for BMSB;

  1. in accordance with MPI Approved Bio Security Treatments https://www.biosecurity.govt.nz/dmsdocument/1555-approved-biosecurity-treatments-for-risk-goods
  2. by an MPI-Approved Treatment Provider https://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/before/brown-marmorated-stink-bugs/offshore-bmsb-treatment-providers-scheme/approved-list#italy; and
  3. must be accompanied by a Treatment Certificate

Treatment is available from the following load ports in Italy;


Gas

Heat

Genova

Yes

Yes

Leghorn/Livorno

Yes

Yes

Venice

Yes

Yes

La Spezia

Yes

Yes

Ancona

Yes

Yes

Ravenna

No

Yes

Napoli

Yes

No

In addition to the above, there is also the possibility to treat cargo at transhipment port. This is dependent on the shipping line and treatment must still be carried out by an approved offshore treatment provider. Please ask your Mondiale representative if you would like further information on this.

LCL Treatment
All LCL will incur an additional cost of EUR 25 w/m (min 1 cbm) during BMSB season. 

LCL will be treated with Sulfuryl Fluoride.

If we have sensitive cargo which cannot be treated, it will be either be added to the container within 24 hours of treatment or will load in a separate container with other sensitive cargo.

If cargo is shipped via Singapore during BMSB season it will be subject to treatment in Singapore so the Singapore LCL treatment costs will apply.

Cargo Declaration
Mondiale’s origin agent (Combiline) will be asking origin supplier’s to complete a declaration to ensure the correct method of treatment is used. Mondiale/Combiline will accept this declaration from the consignee also. A copy of this declaration is available on request.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your Mondiale representative.

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