Import & Export Container Fumigation Services Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, California, USA

Over the past year, we’ve received hundreds of inquiries regarding the treatment requirements for various types of cargo being shipped to Australia and New Zealand. Due to the enormous amount of information put out, many shippers get a little overwhelmed when trying to figure out exactly what to do. This BMSB page details the most important aspects of the process so you can be certain your shipment is packaged and loaded correctly in order to be fumigated prior to shipment and arrives at the destination in the most efficient way possible. Please take the time to go through the material and if you need further clarification don’t hesitate to contact us at and we’ll answer your questions promptly.

General Info
The 2019-2020 BMSB season conditions will apply to goods listed below from September 1, 2019 and arrive in Australia or New Zealand by May 31, 2020.

Target High-Risk Goods

  • 36 – Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations
  • 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 subchapters I and II
  • 70 – Glass and glassware
  • 72 – Iron and steel – including subchapters 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 signaling 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
  • 93 – Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof

SPFume Co offers two types of fumigation treatments for BMSB conditions- methyl bromide and sulfuryl fluoride. Please contact us at to discuss which is right for you.

Container Loading & Wrapping
To ensure your shipment meets the standards set forth in the Australian and New Zealand fumigation methodologies, please review the information below.

  • The container must be free of trash and debris before loaded.
  • The container should be briefly inspected on the inside for holes. Please note if the container cannot hold the proper amount of fumigant during the treatment due to the poor condition, it will not pass the final readings and cannot be issued a certificate.
  • Minimum 12-inch clearance at the top of the container.
  • While a 12-inch clearance from the top of the cargo to the ceiling is a minimum, be advised the middle of the load from back to the front should have at least a 2inch space to allow for monitoring hoses.
  • When loading container, there must be enough free space allowed in between cargo that enables the fumigant to circulate freely.
  • Containers that are not loaded properly, will be rejected.
  • Section 1.3 of Methyl Bromide Fumigation Methodology See Link >>> 

Examples of containers improperly loaded

Examples of properly loaded containers:

Use of Plastic Wrap

  • When impervious wrappings are applied, they must be removed, altered, or cut in a way that would allow the fumigant to properly treat the cargo.
  • Plastic wrapping, when applied as part of the manufacturing process such as an assembly line, is permitted. When wrapping FAK loads please DO NOT wrap over the top or underneath. Apply the wrap around the top boxes and bottom boxes leaving the middle open. Fumigants will penetrate plastic wrap given enough time. The issue becomes trying to aerate the load following treatment. It becomes difficult to air out the cargo and if it fails the spectrometer check it cannot be released.
  • Section 1.5 of Methyl Bromide Fumigation Methodology See Link >>>

Example of rejected load due to plastic wrapping:

Scheduling Fumigation Appointment

  • Requests for fume appointments must be made at least 24 hours prior to fume.
  • Email your request along with desired appt date, cargo description, and destination country. We will email you an appt request form which details exactly what info is required.
  • Container number is not required to set an appointment, however, you must provide this information prior to the container arriving for fume. If the container arrives at our facility without prior notice of the container number, it will be rejected and a new appointment will be required.

Documentation Required ( A Fumigation Certificate will be issued as “proof of treatment” after fume is complete. )

  • The following information is needed to complete your Fumigation Certificate:
  • Container number
  • Vessel name
  • Booking number
  • Exporter
  • Consignee
  • Cargo description
  • This information must be received promptly as all Fumigation Certificates must be reported to AUS BMSB Dept. prior to the container arriving at its destination. See Link >>