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ACFS and FTA combine to deliver South Australian stink bug solutions

Following the success of recent events hosted in Fremantle, ACFS Port Logistics and peak industry body, Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA), are expanding coverage to support the South Australian import sector in the lead up to the Brown marmorated stink bug season (BMSB) commencing 1 September 2019.

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.

In response and as a part of a national education campaign, Andrew Crawford (Head of Border and Biosecurity – FTA) will lead a technical session focused on operational requirements to mitigate the risk of BMSB incursion through treatment options, increased utilisation of the 19.2. Automatic Entry Processing for Commodities (AEPCOMM) Approved Arrangements and new “safeguarding arrangement” options.

Importantly, the session will also help industry navigate their way through revised policy pertaining to LCL / FAK consignments.

Mr Crawford said that the session will address what industry should be doing now 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 –planning is essential to avoid ongoing lengthy clearance delays and high detention costs”.

Arthur Tzaneros, Managing Director & CEO, ACFS Port Logistics stated that the forum will demonstrate current capabilities and longer term initiatives “We look forward to partnering with FTA and ongoing engagement with the South Australian trade sector to meet immediate operational needs and to be in a position to best support the industry in the years ahead.”

Registration details are available


Will Gouda, General Manager, Key Accounts, ACFS Port Logistics
Phone 02 8848 7505 email [email protected]

Caroline Zalai, Director, Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA)
Phone 02 9975 1878 email [email protected]



Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) is Australia’s leading representative body for the international supply chain sector bringing together importers, exporters, customs brokers, freight forwarders, logistics service providers and industry groups. FTA also manages the Secretariat for the Australian Peak Shippers’ Association (APSA) being the peak body as designated by the Federal Minister of Infrastructure and Transport to protect the interests of Australia’s cargo owners and shippers in respect to shipping and international logistics services.



ACFS Port Logistics (ACFS) is the largest privately-owned Container Logistics operator in Australia, moving over 1.2m TEU annually, and employs in excess of 1,200+ staff nationally. ACFS’s container freight station activities are underpinned by extensive knowledge and experience across the warehousing, transport and freight sectors. This has helped build a comprehensive portfolio of facilities and clientele in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Fremantle.