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China - requirement for Zika prevention

On September 2nd, China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) announced that it has made the decision 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).
China - Zika prevention

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. However, if during the course of routine sampling and inspection, local CIQ officials discover any adult mosquitoes, eggs, larva or infected cases, the vessel and its contents will be subject to the full Zika requirements.

If a vessel loads or unloads in Florida or a Zika infected country, it is subject to the full requirements. AQSIQ will continue to monitor the situation and may amend its decision to regionalize based on the Zika situation in the United States.

Please see the full update from USDA here.

For a list of all countries affected please see below. Shipments from these countries will be subject to anti-mosquito treatment. Inbound shipments without proof of the treatment will be fumigated at the port of discharge in China by the authorities without prior notice.

The consignee is responsible for informing the shipper at origin to provide a certificate with proof of treatment before loading. All relevant costs as a result of required measures by the authorities are the responsibility of the customer.

There is no uniformed format for mosquito eradication certificate, as a usual practice, shippers should present an original fumigation certificate which should be declared to CIQ at the time of clearance.

Summary of rules

  1. Any shipment entering China (except Hong Kong) shall be subject to anti-mosquito treatment.
  2. Anti-mosquito treatment shall be done at port of origin.
  3. If consignee can’t provide anti-mosquito treatment certificate, shipment may be forced to fumigate at port of discharge in China by local authorities without prior notice. 
  4. All cost involved will be the responsibility of the customer.

Countries of origin affected (as of August 12, 2016)

American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Belize, Barbados, Bolivia, Bonaire, Brazil, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Columbia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, French Guiana, Fiji, Marshall Islands, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Jamaica, Martinique Island, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Samoa, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Lucia, Saint-Martin, Saint Martin Island, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Salvador, Suriname, Thailand, The Commonwealth of Dominica, Tonga, The United States Virgin Islands, Trinidad, Tobago, The Bolivarian republic of Venezuela, The British Turks and Caicos islands, United States of America, the Philippines, The Federated States of Micronesia and Vietnam.

For updated information on countries affected please refer to the official website of the AQSIQ.

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