Australia’s heightened vessel surveillance for Asian gypsy moth (AGM) commenced at the turn of the year and in New Zealand, new AGM requirements enters into force on 1 February 2018.
The Asian Gypsy Moth (AGM) is a destructive forest pest known to spread via ocean-going vessels in international trade. Vessels calling at certain ports in Asia Pacific between May and September should therefore be inspected and “certified free of AGM” prior to departure. These inspections are undertaken to minimise the potential for regulatory action when arriving in a country where the pest is not native.
Countries currently known to regulate and inspect arriving vessels for AGM are: The United States (US), Canada, Chile, Australia and New Zealand.
Gard’s updated “Frequently asked questions - managing Asian Gypsy Moth risks” provides answers to some of the questions raised by our Members and clients. It summarises the requirements set forth by each of the regulating countries and provides links to relevant government websites. The following should be noted for the 2018 AGM season:
Members and clients with vessels calling ports in East Russia, Japan, Korea, and Northern China are advised to remind their Masters of the approaching AGM flight season. The importance of arriving in regulating countries free of AGM and of providing port officials with the required AGM documentation prior to arrival should be emphasised and instructions for proper AGM self-inspections en route should be made available onboard.
Guides for conducting vessel self-inspections have been published by various authorities and are available to download. Examples are the Canadian authorities’ “Inspect Before Entry“ and the US authorities’ “Gypsy Moth Inspectional Pocket Guide”. The guides provide helpful instructions to vessel crews on what the egg masses look like, where they might be found onboard the vessels, and how the eggs should be removed and destroyed.
A printer friendly pdf-version of Gard’s FAQ on managing AGM risks is available here.