September 1, 2016

Further to recent news items on the Zika virus, there have been some developments in China. Since March 2016, China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) has required all countries on its Zika-infected list to comply with disinsection requirements (not to be confused with disinfection). Disinsection in this case means killing live mosquitoes, their larva, and eggs. Following the World Health Organisation’s listing of the United States as a country reporting mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission (2 August 2016) Chinese authorities now require mosquito disinsection for all US-origin shipments to China. At present there are more 40 other countries, including Mexico and Brazil, that are also subject to these requirements.

All cargo shipments originating from the United States must provide proof of disinsection upon arrival at the Chinese port. This applies to all ships that left the United States on or after August 5, with the exception of containers kept at or under a temperature of 15⁰C (59⁰F). Attached is a guide from the United States Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Services (FAS):

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