As of August 2016, the Chinese government established protocol for containers being shipped out of the United States in order to eliminate mosquitoes within or on shipping containers. The reasoning behind this is simple, to prevent an outbreak of the Zika virus within mainland China. At first glance, this appears to be a very strong, proactive response to combatting Zika by the Chinese government, particularly their Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine. It may seem to be a bit much to some, but at Mosquito Squad, we completely understand. As of September 2, 2016, the Chinese government revised this mandate to only include shipping containers from the state of Florida.
Following the World Health Organization’s (WHO) August 2, 2016 listing of the United States as a country reporting mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission, Chinese authorities now require mosquito disinsection for all Florida-origin shipments to China. Here’s a breakdown of those specifications set forth:
- Chinese authorities require all cargo shipments originating from Florida to provide proof of disinsection upon arrival at the Chinese port, both either air or sea. This applies to all vessels that left the United States on or after August 5, with the exception of containers kept at or under a temperature of 15⁰C (59⁰F).
- Disinsection treatment may be carried out by either physical or chemical means, and does not require fumigation. Physical means could include trapping, air curtains, or other integrated pest-management techniques. Chemical means could include surface spraying, space spraying, or fumigation, depending on the shipper’s choice. The treatment used should take into account human health and safety.
- Treatment can be carried out at any point during the shipping process. For example, it is acceptable for containers to be disinsected before loading, certified as mosquito free, then loaded in a mosquito-free environment.
- Proof of disinsection does not need to be government-issued.
- Either the vessel or the container must be certified, not the goods themselves.
- The information to be included on the certificate has already been provided in the notice sent out by AQSIQ. If you do not have a copy, FAS can share with you.
- All shipments found to contain live mosquito eggs, larvae, or mosquitoes during inspection at the Chinese port will be subject to disinsection, including shipments that are chilled below 15 degrees Celsius (59 degrees Fahrenheit). Chinese authorities will direct a third party to perform any required disinsection in accordance with WHO guidelines as outlined in the AQSIQ announcement. The cost will vary at each port of entry, but AQSIQ estimates that it will be about RMB 200 ($30) for a 20-foot container and RMB 400 ($60) for a 40-foot container.
- All WHO member countries where Zika is present will be treated in the same manner.
- AQSIQ has not contacted airlines, shipping lines, exporters, etc., about the mosquito treatment requirements. Rather, AQSIQ leaves it up to each CIQ (branch office) at the port of entry to give out this information.
- AQSIQ will perform a Zika risk assessment for Florida and neighboring states, based in part on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) documentation of control measures. AQSIQ will use the assessment to determine whether to apply a regional approach in its Zika response.
- China’s policy applies to Zika and yellow fever, and will remain in effect until March 2017, subject to adjustment or renewal depending on the situation.
While this mandate only applies to Florida, the mandate itself is subject to change should Zika become more prominent in other areas. In addition to this, while we don’t expect to see a Zika outbreak in Massachusetts, we are fully ready and capable to handle these services for any shipping companies within our area. After sealing each container, we will provide you with two documents. First, an invoice, which includes the chain-of-custody/container security seal number and second, an MEC (Mosquito Eradication Certificate) form. Each container will be provided with its very own seal as well as invoice. Furthermore, if the shipping company opens up the container after fumigation, per the mandate, the area in which it is opened and then re-sealed must be mosquito-free. This means the loading area should be sprayed as well.
For all your commercial shipping Mosquito Eradication Certificate needs, questions or concerns, you can count on the most trusted mosquito control company, Mosquito Squad, to handle everything promptly and professionally. To contact Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South, call us today at (781) 297-0123, email us at [email protected] or fill out the form below. We look forward to hearing from you soon!