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Asian gypsy moths force quarantine of multiple U.S.-bound ships

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.

Ship with containers at port

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.

For more information on the Asian gypsy moth, click here: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/publications/plant_health/content/printable_version/fs_phasiangm.pdf

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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