Three Italian BMSB treatment providers have been now been suspended by the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. This is understood to be resulting from live bugs being found in treated shipments arriving in Australia. Goods treated by these companies will be re-treated or exported on arrival in Australia. This decision is effective immediately and no allowance is made for goods in transit.
The suspended treatment providers are as follows:
- Nuova Cianidrica Srl
- Radit SRL
- La Spezia Container Terminal
We now also understand the following:
- · that compliance with requirements have been experienced, particularly for “outside” treatment providers (mainly on wharf) facing difficulties reaching the ambient/required temperature during Italian winter season;
- · the International Fumigation Association (IFA) has called for a meeting with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources – now scheduled on 14 January 2019 in Italy to discuss the compliance issues and reasons for suspension of 3 of their members;
- · the department has not received any treatment certificates from any Italian Treatment providers since 21 December – potentially indicating a movement in solidarity with a stop in all treatments until the meeting on 14 January 2019.
The department has confirmed that a meeting will take place on 14 January 2019 but have not received any formal advice from the IFA on any stop to treatments.
For further information on the above, please do not hesitate to contact Phil Gray, EES Customs Manager.