Update to Zika Fumigation Requirements to China
Dear Valued Clients,
September 8, 2016 – China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), has amended its fumigation requirements for sea freight shipments entering into China.
As mentioned in our prior bulletin, all sea freight shipments exported from one of the Zika designated countries and territories (as identified by the World Health Organization) were required to have a certificate of mosquito extermination upon arrival of goods into China ports. Please refer to our previous posting that lists the designated countries.
With the U.S. being considered a Zika designated area, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) has conducted a risk assessment using data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and has decided to regionalize it’s Zika requirements for cargo shipments from the U.S.
AQSIQ’s new policy is that cargo originating from the U.S., other than from the state of Florida, do not require disinsection certification. This means that disinsection requirements for U.S. origin cargo shipments now apply only to shipments from Florida.
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 one of our below managers via email or by calling 800-493-9444.