New China Import Requirements Due To Zika Virus

 In Breaking News, Industry Insider, Trans-Border Global Freight Systems, Inc.

In wake of the recent epidemic involving the spread of the Zika virus via mosquitoes, as well as other infectious diseases, the Chinese government has added the United States to the list of countries for which an anti-mosquito treatment is required for all FCL and LCL shipments to China. Airfreight shipments are not subject to these rules.

55 countries are currently experiencing Zika virus transmissions. The countries identified by the World Health Organization are as follows:
Cape Vere; Guinea-Bissau, Anguilla; Antigua and Barbuda; Argentina; Aruba; Barbados; Belize; Bolivia; The Netherlands Antilles (Bonaire); Brazil; Columbia; Republic of Costa Rica; Cuba; The Netherlands Antilles (Curacao); Dominica; Dominican Republic; Ecuador; Salvador; French Guiana; Grenada; Guadeloupe; The Republic of Guatemala; Guyana; Haiti; Honduras; Jamaica; Martinique; Mexico; Nicaragua; Panama; Paraguay; Peru; Puerto Rico; St. Barth; Saint Lucia; Saint Martin; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Sint Maarten (Netherlands Territory); Surinam; Trinidad and Tobago; Turks and Caicos Islands; The United States; United States Virgin Islands; Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, American Samoa; Fiji; Marshall Islands; The Federated States of Micronesia; Samoa; Tonga; The Philippines; Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand.

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Shipments originating in one of the above countries and territories bound for all ports in China will require a certificate of mosquito extermination. The certificate should contain basic details concerning: when and where the treatment was taken, the amount and the numbers of containers, the issuer, the exporter, the importer, cargo information as well as the effective ingredients, doses, instruction and duration of anti-mosquito agents. It must be stressed that the exact verbiage required on the certificate is unknown at this time.

For shipments arriving into China without such a certificate, the local port will enforce a mandatory quarantine of the goods and the container will be inspected and fumigated at time of arrival. Therefore, we recommend that all certificates and fumigation be performed prior to the container departing origin to avoid any unnecessary delays and charges.

We encourage all exporters to take preventive measures, as well as to check with their consignees to review these requirements to avoid any unnecessary delays and costs at destination.

As additional details comes through, we will continue to update the exporting community accordingly.

For more information on these new regulations, please contact Brunilda Carroll, Ocean Export Manager at 800-493-9444 or via email at bcarroll@tbgfs.com.