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Chinese Gov’t Imposes Anti-Zika Regulations to US Exporters

By on August 17, 2016

The Chinese government is now requiring from US exporters that shipping containers originating in the US must have a mosquito eradication certificate that should detail the treatment, effective ingredients, doses, instruction and duration of anti-mosquito agents, among other details, according to reports.

ARCHIVO - En esta foto del 18 de enero del 2016, un mosquito pica el brazo de un científico en el Instituto de Ciencias Biomédicas en Sao Paulo, Brasil. Los Centros de Control de Enfermedades de Estados Unidos están trabajando con funcionarios de salud de Florida para investigar lo que pudiera ser el primer caso de infección de zika transmitido por un mosquito en el país.  (AP Foto/Andre Penner)

Aedes aegypti mosquito (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

If no evidence of such measures is provided, the Chinese inspection and quarantine authority would initiate a mosquito-eradication process, and procedures are expected to include strict quarantine and inspection measures not only the containers and their cargo, but also luggage and postal parcels, should any be present.

As of last May, China had reported some 12 cases of the Zika virus infection, since the disease was first detected in February 2016.

Regulations issued by the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People’s Republic of China, US exporters must provide sufficient prove of the disinfection of the area by a government-approved entity. Nevertheless, no such groups have been identified.

The possibility of US exports being rejected because of concerns over the virus—whose scope has been mainly limited to Florida and New York—was made public last week after shipping companies warned customers of new fumigation requirements.

Although Europe remains off China’s growing Zika watch list, there are 68 countries whose exporters are currently required to provide proof of fumigation. There’s little confidence in the European Union that Europe will stay off the list for long.

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