Chinese officials have reconsidered their “mosquito eradication” mandate for ALL cargo leaving the US destined for China. Instead, Chinese authorities have limited the requirement to vessels and containers originating in Florida, which is the state most affected by the Zika virus.
Good news for California’s agriculture commodities, which are on the cusp of the new-crop shipping season.
The Chinese government issued a directive requiring all loaded containers from Zika-infested countries, including the US, have a “Mosquito Eradication Certificate.” Without this certificate, the cargo is subject to quarantine or forced fumigation. US agencies are working with their Chinese counterparts to mitigate and more clearly define the requirements.
Here are some highlights of what you need to know regarding compliance:
- The rule applies to all cargo shipped from the US to China.
- The certificate does not need to have a government seal or stamp of any kind.
- Fumigation is not required. Cargo owners can use disinsection means instead.
Refrigerated cargo transited at 59 degrees or below is not required to have a certificate.