Chinese Authorities Call for US Container Fumigation/Treatment to Prevent Spread of Zika

Chinese Authorities, General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People’s Republic of China, have recently placed the US on a list of countries whose containers, when imported into China, require a fumigation certificate that the container has been treated for the Zika virus.

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), the world’s second largest shipping line, released a statement saying, “there is a need to provide a certificate of extermination of mosquito. If no certificate is provided, the buyer must fumigate the cargo at arrival at port of destination.”

The new requirement is designed to prevent the Zika virus from spreading but it is causing concern of possible added cost and time delay. The Agriculture Transportation Coalition’s program manager Abigail Struxness voiced her opinion on how this new requirement will influence shipping, “This potentially has the ability to delay delivery on time, and affordably, to customers. It could be an added expense. It could mean getting delayed at the fumigation facility.” At this point if containers arrive in China without a certificate it will be the responsibility and expense of the consignee to arrange fumigation.

The situation is still developing and information on the cost to treat/fumigate can vary in the US and in China. Odyssey is monitoring the development of this new regulation and will be sure to update you as it unfolds. If you have any questions or concerns about your specific business please do not hesitate to give us a call.

8/19/2016 Update: China’s Zika rules for US exports easier than first disclosed