As many are aware, Australia’s biosecurity measures have been ramped up over the last several months in response to the outbreak of foot and mouth disease (FMD) in Indonesia.

The Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry recognises that vessels and containers present potential pathways for the virus and measures are already in place which extend to all countries with FMD, not just Indonesia. In May this year, vessel masters and shipping agents were reminded of their obligations to ensure requirements for cleaning and disinfection of conveyances are strictly adhered to (industry notice 74-2022). In early July, requirements for additional footbaths for entry and exit to livestock vessels whilst docked at port were implemented, and MARS directions updated.

We will keep you updated should additional measures come into place.