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Seasonal measures in Australia affect Swiss exporters

The brown marmorated bug is spreading rapidly in Europe and North America. To protect the local ecosystem from the stink bug, Australia's Department of Agriculture has issued seasonal measures. From September 1, 2019, these measures will also affect Swiss companies, as Switzerland is classified as a risk country. Who is affected and what needs to be considered?

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Who is affected?

The temporary measures relate to exporters of certain product groups that are shipped from the risk countries to Australia by sea freight. These product groups include: wood, textile and glass products, raw materials, vehicles or parts thereof. You can see which other product groups are affected by this in the complete list on the Department of Agriculture's website.

What do you have to consider?

The containers that carry goods from the affected product groups must be heat-treated or fumigated before shipping. The Australian government only accepts BMSB (Brown marmorated stink bug) treatment certificates from recognized providers. Containers that do not arrive in Australia with a certificate will be returned at the exporter's expense. 

The measures are seasonal and apply to all ships that dock, load or transship in one of the risk countries from 1 September 2019 and will in arrive in Australia by 31 May 2020. You can find more in-depth information on the Australian government's website. For specific questions please get in contact wih SPP@agriculture.gov.au.

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Do you have questions about the seasonal measures or general questions about the Australian export market? Our Senior Consultant Australia, Beat Ineichen, will be happy to assist you with legal clarifications, detailed market and competitor analyses or an initial free personal country consultation.

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