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BMSB (2023-2024) - Season starts 1st Sept 2023

Posted by Kathy Skapetis on 1 September 2023
BMSB (2023-2024) - Season starts 1st Sept 2023

BMSB (2023-2024) - Season starts 1st Sept 2023

BMSB seasonal measures will apply to targeted goods manufactured in or shipped from target risk countries, that have been shipped between 1 September 2023 and 30 April 2024 (inclusive), and to vessels that berth, load, or tranship from target risk countries within the same period.


-       The Shipped-on Board Date, as indicated on the Ocean Bill of Lading, is the date used to determine when goods have been shipped. Not the “Gate in” date.

-       UK and China now “Emerging risk countries” – Goods imported from these classified under Chapter 94 & 95 will be subject to random BMSB inspections

-       Any high-risk goods packed inside reefers must be BMSB Treated prior to packing into the reefers.

-       Only new Risk country is Uzbekistan.

 Approved BMSB Treatments-

  •  Methyl Bromide
  •  Sulfuryl Fluoride
  •  Heat Treatment

The Following Countries below have been Categorised as Target Risk:

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Armenia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Croatia
  • Czechia
  • France
  • Japan (heightened vessel surveillance only).
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kosovo
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxembourg
  • Montenegro
  • Moldova
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Republic of North Macedonia
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United States of America
  • Uzbekistan



Goods that fall within the following tariff classifications have been categorised as target high risk goods and WILL REQUIRE mandatory treatment for BMSB risk.

  • 44 - Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal
  • 45 - Cork and articles of cork
  • 57 - Carpets and other textile floor coverings
  • 68 - Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials
  • 69 - Ceramic products – including sub chapters I and II
  • 70 – Glass and glass ware
  • 72 - Iron and steel - including sub chapters I, II, III, IV
  • 73 - Articles of iron or steel
  • 74 - Copper and articles thereof
  • 75 - Nickel and articles thereof
  • 76 - Aluminium and articles thereof
  • 78 - Lead and articles thereof
  • 79 - Zinc and articles thereof
  • 80 - Tin and articles thereof
  • 81 - Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof
  • 82 - Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal
  • 83 - Miscellaneous articles of base metals
  • 84 - Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof
  • 85 - Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles
  • 86 - Railway or tramway locomotives, rolling-stock and parts thereof; railway or tramway track fixtures and fittings and parts thereof; mechanical (including electro-mechanical) traffic signalling equipment of all kinds
  • 87 - Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling-stock, and parts and accessories thereof
  • 88 - Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof
  • 89 - Ships, boats and floating structures



Goods that fall within the following tariff classifications have been categorised as target risk goods and are only subject to increased onshore intervention through random inspection. 

Mandatory treatment IS NOT required.

  • 27 - Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes
  • 28 - Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals, of radioactive elements or of isotopes - including sub chapters I, II, III, IV and V
  • 29 - Organic chemicals - including sub chapters I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XII and XIII
  • 38 - Miscellaneous chemical products
  • 39 - Plastics and articles thereof - – including sub chapters I and II
  • 40 - Rubber and articles thereof
  • 48 - Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard
  • 49 - Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans
  • 56 - Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns; twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof

For all other goods that are not categorised as target high risk and target risk goods, BMSB seasonal measures do not apply. However, if they are part of a container or consignment that contains target high risk or target risk goods, they will be subject to the measures.


NUFT (New, Unused and Not Field Tested)

From the 1st December, certain tariffs that can meet all of the BMSB Nuft criteria will not be subject to Mandatory Treatment

  - Manufacture must have started on or after 1st December of the current BMSB risk season and

  - Classed as new machinery, vehicles, vessels/new complex parts and equipment and are classified under the following chapters only – 82,84,85,86,87,88 and 89 and

  - Accompanied by a BMSB Nuft Manufacturer’s Declaration

If the NUFT Criteria is not met, the goods may be directed for export or onshore treatment (containerised only).

NUFT Declaration MUST state the manufacture start date.


120 Hour window – Post Treatment and Transshipping

Goods treated in a target risk country are subject to the 120-hour post treatment window when treated prior to 1st December.

-       Containerised goods must be sealed in the container.

-       Break bulk goods (incl FR and OT) must be shipped on board the vessel.

-       If break bulk has been shipped outside the 120-hour window (but less than 48 hours over), and evidence can be provided, the in-transit policy may be enacted.

-       The 120 hours does NOT apply to:

        * Goods treated in non-target risk countries

        * Goods treated after 1st December

-       Breakbulk goods that transship in a target risk country prior to 1st December, are subject to the 120-hour window. Does not apply to sealed containers.


Break Bulk (Includes Flat Rack and Open Top Containers)

-       All target high risk goods shipped as break bulk must be treated offshore.

-       No allowances will be made for untreated break bulk and goods will be directed for export.

-       Must be shipped on board within 120 hours of the completion of treatment (if treated prior to 1 December)

-       FCL Containers that have been modified, such as those used to house in-built power generators, portable workshops, etc. are break bulk.




Author:Kathy Skapetis