Biosecurity Effects on the Supply Chain

For any cargo that will be passing through the Victoria and New South Wales ports, businesses are advised to prepare for delays in inspection services – this is largely due to higher volumes of incoming cargo and changing biosecurity risk profile.

Starting the first quarter of this year (2022), biosecurity threats have emerged for both onshore and Australia’s neighboring countries. Here’s a quick rundown of these concerns:

1. February 2022: Japanese Encephalitis Virus (JEV) detected in Southern Australia

2. March 2022: Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD) detected in Indonesia

3. May 2022: Foot-and-mouth-disease outbreak in Indonesia, more recently in Bali

4. June 202: Varroa Mite detected in Port of Newcastle (NSW)

To address the issue, the Australia’s Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry are improving the processes. These include:

  • A Biosecurity Portal has been made available for centralised booking, canceling, view inspection bookings and checking the status of online appointments.
  • The option for a virtual inspection for imported food labels
  • A new arrangement that authorises approved biosecurity participants to perform certain rural tailgate inspections
  • An upcoming green lane for highly compliant importers
  • Reviewing inspection procedures for some commodities
  • Ongoing recruitment of additional biosecurity officers
  • An upcoming regular cargo operations snapshot that shares information on volumes of cargo declarations, assessment volumes and timeframes, pending inspections and requests.

How can businesses contribute to the proper management of biosecurity when importing goods?

  1. Pre arrival
    • Ensure that goods meet the biosecurity import conditions
    • Ensure that all import documentation is complete. Some resources to help with information are: Import home page, BICON, Import requirements web page
    • Ensure containers and goods are compliant, clean and risk free to minimise intervention onshore
  2. On arrival
    • Book a Biosecurity Inspection via the portal
    • Ensure that all documentation are available upon inspection
    • Encourage and implement strong biosecurity practices throughout the supply chain and are compliant with import requirements to ease pressure within the biosecurity system

McHugh and Eastwood Customs Brokerage Services

Did you know that McHugh & Eastwood have our own in-house Customs Brokerage team consisting of industry professionals that have a wealth of knowledge and experience regarding Quarantine and Customs related issues? Please contact your Customer Service representative at customerservice@mcheast.com.au for further assistance and information when and if required.


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