FAS Update on China's Zika Disinsection Requirements for U.S. Exports

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Friday, September 9, 2016

The USDA FAS posted the following update on their website regarding China’s requirements for mosquito control certificates for shipments from the U.S. 

FAS Update on China's Zika Disinsection Requirements for U.S. Exports (September 2, 2016)

On September 2, China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) stated that it has decided to regionalize its Zika requirements for shipments of cargo from the United States based on a risk-assessment performed by AQSIQ, using data supplied by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). AQSIQ experts determined that due to the low risk of Zika transmission through shipments of cargo, vessels originating from the United States, other than the state of Florida, do not require disinsection certification.

The requirement for the certificate is now limited only to shipments originating in Florida. Since the Zika situation is subject to change, IPEC-Americas will continue to monitor the USDA website and update members as information becomes available. Also, IPEC China has established a task force on Zika that is monitoring the enforcement status by different ports of entry.