Updated Zika Requirements for the U.S.

September 8, 2016
By Danielle Leonard

Caution sign with Zika

As of September 2, China has narrowed its Zika requirements for the United States. Vessels originating from the United States, other than the state of Florida, are not required to present a disinsection certification.

China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) states that although the requirement only affects shipments originating from Florida, if they find any adult mosquitos, eggs, larva, or infected cases, the vessel and its contents will be subject to the full Zika requirements. In addition, if a vessel loads or unloads in Florida or a Zika infected country, it will also be subject to the full requirements.

According to the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), this information is subject to change at any time as updates are made available to them from Chinese authorities. It is strongly recommended that U.S. exporters confirm the full import requirements with their foreign customers.

For more information about the Zika requirements for the U.S., see the updated guidelines from the FAS here. Clients who have questions about this please contact your Mohawk customer service representative.