At least two ships have been delayed at the ports of Los Angeles
and Long Beach this week due to the discovery of Asian gypsy moth
larvae by U.S. Customs and Border Protection during a routine
inspection. In total, twelve ships have been forced back into
international waters since May after moth larvae was discovered on
board. The Asian gypsy moth is a highly destructive and
invasive species which, if introduced into North America, could
cause harm to crops and ecosystems.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Canadian officials have
worked with ports in countries where the moth is most prevalent -
China, Japan, South Korea and Russia - to inspect and disinfect
ships before they leave Asia. If the pest is discovered, the vessel
is sent back out into international waters for disinfection and has
to be re-inspected and cleared before docking.
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Please be advised possible shipping delays may occur due to
Asian gypsy moth detection. Suddath will continue to keep you
informed about this and other matters affecting international
shipments. Contact us at 1-800-874-3833 for specific
information or if you have any further questions.
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