China Scales Back Anti-Mosquito Treatment Requirements for U.S. Exports
China announced Sept. 2 that vessels originating from the U.S., other than the state of Florida, no longer require certification that they have been treated to kill mosquitoes, according to information from the Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service. Due to the low risk of transmission of the mosquito-borne Zika virus through shipments of cargo, FAS states, China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine has decided to regionalize its Zika requirements for shipments of cargo from the U.S.
FAS notes that the following will continue to be subject to the full Zika-related requirements described previously.
- all cargo shipments originating from the state of Florida that left Florida on or after Aug. 5, except containers kept at or under a temperature of 15⁰C (59⁰F)
- vessels that load or unload in Florida or a Zika-infected country
- vessels and their contents in which local Chinese officials discover any adult mosquitoes, eggs, larva, or infected cases during the course of routine sampling and inspection
Shipments that only pass through Florida without unloading or unloading are not subject to these requirements.