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China Updates Zika Requirements for U.S. Imports

Thursday, September 15, 2016

(North American Meat Institute)

China's General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) has revised the previous Zika-virus "disinsection" requirements for imported cargo from the U.S., declaring that only vessels originating from the state of Florida are required to carry a "disinsection certificate." This change, however, has only been communicated by the Chinese government to individual port offices as a "temporary regionalization policy," and has not been issued as a formal amendment to the regionalization regulation. While Chinese ports are expected to adhere to this new "Florida-only" guidance, there may be a disconnect between AQSIQ policy and the regional offices' enforcement of that policy.

Following a comprehensive risk assessment using Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data, AQSIQ experts determined that due to the low risk of Zika transmission through shipments of cargo, vessels originating from the U.S., other than those from Florida, do not require disinsection certification. AQSIQ's requirements also apply to vessels that load or unload content in Florida or in a Zika-infected country.

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