China Regionalizes Zika Restrictions

FAS has announced that the Chinese government has “regionalized” the Zika disinfection requirement to vessels that originate or load in Florida only:

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. 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 described below. Also, 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.

Nevertheless, this remains a fluid situation, and the USDA-FAS is interested in hearing from US shippers if they encounter local Chinese inspectors that are not adhering to the latest regionalization guidelines. If that should occur, please contact the China FAS post nearest the port of entry or send an email to me at AHEC and I can forward it to the proper post.

For the full statement from FAS, click here or see below.