Ford joins quarantine queue as Australia’s biohazard backlog grows | Daily News Byte


The potential threat of quarantine from foreign seeds and leaves at overseas ports now includes Ford utes and SUVs from Thailand.

More than 650 Ford utes and four-wheel drives from Thailand have been stopped at Australian ports for quarantine checking and cleaning as the backlog continues to grow in the latest round of biohazard protection.

Ford joined Toyota, Mazda, Mitsubishi, MG, Nissan and Volkswagen in reporting delivery delays as cars were given extra cleaning to remove the bones in the biggest car quarantine crisis since 2019, when infestations of insects – brown marmorated stink bugs – were detected by the Department. of Agriculture.

Ford has now confirmed details of the ships and vehicles involved – and its efforts to clear the backlog.

“There are a number of boats affected so far. There are currently four vessels in quarantine with approximately 650 Ford vehicles on board, in three ports – Melbourne, Port Kembla and Fremantle,” the spokesperson first said of Ford. Drive.

“They are mostly Rangers and Everests, along with a few Escapes.

“The exact numbers are 69 Escapes, with 607 Rangers and Everests.”

But the numbers fell this week with clearances from docks, Ford Australia said Drive.

“We just got an update that the total number of Rangers and Everests held is now 273. There is no change in Escapes,” a company spokesperson said.

Isuzu, which also makes utes and four-wheel drives in Thailand, was contacted for comment.

A Ford spokesman said the company hopes its backlog can be cleared within two weeks.

“Some may be cleared in a few days, but some will take a little longer. We are working on it with the authorities,” they said.

“We are keeping our dealer network updated as each vessel is cleared, so they can keep affected customers updated.”

Paul Gover

Paul Gover has been a motoring journalist for more than 40 years, working in newspapers, magazines, websites, radio and television. A qualified general news journalist and sports reporter, his passion for motoring led him to Wheels, Motor, Car Australia, Which Car and Auto Action magazines. He is a champion racing driver as well as a World Car of the Year judge.

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