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Asian Gypsy Moths Delay Container Movement

08/28/2014

On August 26, 2014 the Journal of Commerce (JOC) issued a press release confirming that numerous containers originating from Asia have been detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in an attempt to prevent Asian Gypsy Moths (AGM) from entering in the U.S.

In a factsheet, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) explains that, “If established in the United States, AGM could cause serious, widespread damage to our country’s landscape and natural resources. Each AGM female can lay hundreds of eggs that, in turn, yield hundreds of voracious caterpillars who feed on more than 600 species of trees and shrubs.”

According to the JOC, twelve vessels were quarantined, seven of which have been identified to contain AGM, which “Unfortunately for carriers and shippers alike, now means stringent inspections of ships arriving at U.S. ports and, if the pest is discovered, possibly long delays for ships before they’re allowed to proceed into port.

Expeditors will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as they occur. Please contact your local Expeditors office for specific questions and concerns.

The JOC press release can be accessed online at:
http://www.joc.com/maritime-news/international-freight-shipping/multiple-us-bound-ships-delayed-asian-gypsy-moth_20140826.html

The CBP Factsheet on AGM can be viewed online at:
http://www.aphis.usda.gov/publications/plant_health/content/printable_version/fs_phasiangm.pdf



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