Changes to imported bulk commodity in-hold inspection procedures
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- Notice to Industry 40/2010
Notice to Industry 40-2010
Who is affected by this notice?
This notice is to inform importers, brokers and shipping agents of bulk commodity in-ship hold fertiliser, grain, stockfeed and fishmeal of upcoming changes to AQIS inspection procedures.
What is changing?
From 1 August 2010 AQIS officers will no longer be entering the holds of vessels when conducting bulk commodity inspection of fertiliser, grain, stockfeed and fishmeal, but will instead be collecting samples from the ship deck.
In-hold inspection has until now been required for all bulk in-hold stockfeed, grain and for bulk in-hold fertiliser rated at Level Two (medium risk) and Level Three (high risk).
An alternative sampling method trial was recently undertaken in a regional centre in consultation with the Sea Cargo Program and the Bulk Commodity National Coordination Centre. As a result of this successful trial AQIS will be using an alternative sampling method to be undertaken from the deck of the vessel.
A Gas Free Certificate will still be required for each hold prior to inspection to ensure officer safety when working in this environment.
Further information?For further information on this issue please contact the Sea Cargo Program at email.
29 Jul 2010