As the Zika virus spreads, how will it affect the future of logistics?
Zika has recently emerged as a significant challenge, not only for the general population of the United States but also for logistics. China has placed the United States on a list of countries with restrictions requiring companies to take extra precautions to ensure that shipments are mosquito-free. This is in hopes of preventing the spread of the Zika virus. China previously instituted these import rules in March and had just added the United States. The move is expected to delay exports as companies figure out how to comply with the new regulations.
The Chinese government stated that shipments arriving from affected countries would be rejected if all anti-mosquito treatment protocols and proper certifications were not provided. If rejected, Chinese port authorities could require containers to submit to quarantine and undergo anti-mosquito treatments, resulting in additional costs and delays.