China to Require U.S. Imports to be Mosquito-Free

Maritime Cyprus

In a move that could create export delays and add cost, China is now requiring that imported American goods be mosquito-free to prevent spread of the Zika virus, according to a trade advisory issued Wednesday by one of the world’s largest shipping lines.

The advisory from the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), cites an announcement from the Chinese General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine:

“With immediate effect, it means that 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 requirement comes as American health officials grapple with reports of Zika infections in Florida from mosquitoes. But it’s unclear how exactly that requirement will be implemented. The Agriculture Transportation Coalition’s program manager Abigail Struxness said the agriculture exporters’ trade group is working to find out who will fumigate, with…

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