According to multiple media outlets, 12 container vessels have endured delays of up to one week due to concerns over the worst outbreak of Asian Gypsy Moths infestation in recent memory. As reported by U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP), each of the 12 vessels was denied entry in Los Angeles after arriving in port with moth larvae on board. The ships were then ordered back into international waters to be fumigated at sea.
Inspections are part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's strategy to curb the Asian Gypsy Moth infestation. This strategy also includes gauging populations near ports where the moths are known to gather in Russia, China, Japan and South Korea.
SPARX logistics will continue to monitor this situation and keep our customers apprised of the latest developments. If you have questions or concerns regarding specific shipments, please feel free to contact your SPARX representative.