ML Advisory 2016 – 28: Zika Virus – Fumigation Requirement

Efforts have been made from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS) officers to obtain information on China’s Zika policy. As a result, this morning, the USDA FAS published more details on this requirement which are briefly outlined below. This requirement – as it stands today – is the responsibility between the shipper or consignee and the China Inspection and Quarantine (CIQ) inspection offices.

Based on further guidance from the World Shipping Counsel (WSC) we understand that the China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) officials, which is the agency releasing this policy, are not communicating directly with shippers and carriers, but are instead communicating the Zika policy through local China Inspection and Quarantine (CIQ) inspection offices.

We can now confirm that the Zika policy applies to shipments originating in and loaded in the United States and other Zika-affected countries. Shipments that pass through the United States without being loaded or unloaded (e.g. FROB cargo) are not covered by the policy. Also, we can confirm that while China’s Zika policy applies to shipments that departed the United States after August 5, ships that departed the U.S. prior to that date may be subject to treatment on arrival if any mosquitos or larvae are found.

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