China Requiring Anti-Mosquito Treatment of Imports from U.S.
Chinese authorities have begun requiring certifications that imports from the U.S. are free of mosquitoes to prevent the spread of the Zika virus. The U.S. was recently added to a list of 40 other countries subject to this requirement, which the Agriculture Transportation Coalition said “will most certainly disrupt … exporters’ ability to deliver goods affordably and on time to foreign customers in China.”
Shipments to China from the affected countries require a certification that they have been treated and are mosquito-free before they will be released by China Customs. These certificates must include (in both Chinese and English) information such as the date and location of treatment and the active ingredients and dosage of the treatment administered. Shipments that arrive at a Chinese port without such a certification will be treated by China Inspection and Quarantine.