ACFS Port Logistics and Freight & Trade Alliance are hosting activities on 25 and 26 July 2019 to support the Western Australian import sector in the lead up to the Brown marmorated stink bug season starting 1 September.

In a statement, the FTA indicated the year ahead would provide a mighty challenge.

“The previous 2018-19 BMSB season stretched Australia’s border biosecurity system close to breaking point and had severe impacts on sections of the shipping and importing industries,” the FTA said.

In response and as a part of a national education campaign, the FTA is to host technical sessions and showcase commercial solutions to best meet biosecurity compliance.

An accredited continuing professional development session is to be delivered by the FTA’s Andrew Crawford at the Swan Yacht Club on Thursday 25 July.

The detailed session is to focus on operational requirements to mitigate the risk of BMSB through treatment options, increased utilisation of entry processing for commodities approved arrangements and new “safeguarding arrangement” options.

The training is expected to help industry navigate through revised policy regarding LCL/FAK consignments.


John Park, FTA’s head of business operations said the training would address what industry should be doing in the lead up to the new season.

“It is essential that importers, customs brokers, freight forwarders and master consolidators have a thorough understanding of policy changes, examine compliance options and establish commercial arrangements with key suppliers onshore and abroad,” Mr Park said.

“Early planning is essential to avoid ongoing lengthy clearance delays and high detention costs”.

The CPD session is to be followed the next day with an open forum hosted onsite at ACFS’s new site at Port Beach Road, North Fremantle on Friday 26 July.