Further to our previous post, the USDA FAS recently issued an update stating that, last Friday, “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.” The update goes on to state that any shipment originating from a state other than Florida could still be subject to deinsection if, during the course of routine inspection, local officials discover adult mosquitos, eggs, larva, etc. A copy of the update can be found here.
Given the nature of the issue (a fast-moving health & safety issue), we expect that there may still be confusion at many local ports. If you run into any issues, please let us know.
We hope this is helpful.