New Requirements Regarding Fumigation Certificates for Imported Goods into Australia.
What has changed?
The Department of Agriculture has updated their requirements for fumigation certificates. This update affects the statements required to be made with respect to impervious surfaces, wrappings and timber thickness.
Current Policy (version 3.0) Requirements
Treatment providers other than those undertaking a treatment under one of the department’s recognized schemes (AFAS, BMSB) or to address the risk of Khapra Beetle are required to make a statement related to plastic wrapping of the goods only.
The current policy enables one of the following statements to be made:
- ‘plastic wrapping has not been used in this consignment’
- ‘this consignment has been fumigated before application of plastic wrapping’
- ‘plastic wrapping used in this consignment conforms to the AFAS wrapping and perforation standard as found in the AFAS Methyl Bromide Fumigation Standard’.
Revised Policy (version 4.0) Requirements
The revised policy which comes into effect 2 August 2021 enables a single statement to be used on all methyl bromide and sulfuryl fluoride certificates regardless of the treatment provider.
The revised requirement is:
- A statement confirming that the target of the fumigation conforms to the plastic wrapping, impervious surface and timber thickness requirements at the time of fumigation, as per Appendix 3 of the Methyl Bromide Fumigation Methodology.
- A statement confirming that the target of the fumigation conforms to the plastic wrapping, impervious surface and timber thickness requirements at the time of fumigation, as per Appendix 2a of the Sulfuryl Fluoride Fumigation Methodology
Goods that require fumigation prior to shipment and are exported to Australia on or after 2 August 2021, importers and their agents are encouraged to ensure that treatment providers are aware of the new requirement.
Templates that include the required statement are available on our Methodologies and documents for biosecurity treatments and Acceptable documentation templates webpages.
Failure to Comply?
Goods fumigated and exported to Australia after 2 August 2021 that arrive with a fumigation certificate that does not bear the new statement will be subject to inspection or treatment on arrival if amended documentation cannot be obtained.