Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) creating clearance delays
To Our Valued Customers,
Previous BRi bulletins have outlined the BMSB season requirements and potential impacts they will have on the clearance of consignments through the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR). With the BMSB season now underway, the DAWR have increased the number of consignments being monitored. This has resulted in major delays in clearing all DAWR affected consignments, irrespective of origin.
DAWR workload has increased by close to 40% and the associated time taken to process documents has also increased. Under normal circumstances the DAWR will process submitted documents within 24-48 hours. This timeframe has now extended to 4-5 days.
The DAWR have put additional resources in place in an attempt to reduce the huge backlog of shipments they are processing however the impact of these additional measures is currently minimal.
In light of the above, it is more important than ever to ensure all clearance documents are provided to the BRi customs brokerage team as soon as possible. We already strive to clear your consignments well in advance of ETA and will continue to do so, however please be aware that, should any required documents not be provided at least 4 days prior to ETA for consignments subject to DAWR processing we cannot guarantee clearance by ETA.
BRi trust this is a temporary situation which will soon be resolved by the DAWR, however feel it necessary to warn our clients of the potential repercussions should documents be provided late.
Please feel free to contact you BRi customs department, with any queries in relation to this matter.
Keeping you updated.,
BRi Customs Team
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