We are writing to let you know that China has added the continental United States to the List of Zika Affected Countries as of August 17, 2016 (link to the AQSIQ notice can be found here; in Mandarin). This means that shipments from the continental United States to China are now required to be “deinsected” (e.g., fumigated or another process to kill live mosquitos, larva, eggs, etc.) prior to release. The deinsection can take place at any point during the shipment process (e.g., before loading, upon arrival, etc.) and sufficient proof must be maintained and provided upon importation. A USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Update on this issue can be found here.
Anyone who exports to China from the United States (or one of the 40 other countries on the List) should be aware of these requirements. We are seeing a fair amount of confusion in China around this issue (e.g., over what constitutes acceptable proof of deinsection, etc.) that is leading to additional expense and unnecessary cargo delays.
If you have any questions about this development, please let us know.