US-Asian Gypsy Moth (AGM)-Detected AGM egg masses on four Pure Car Carrier by Baltimore CBP

23 September 2020 No.1092

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Department of Homeland Security (CBP), Baltimore CBP agriculture specialists recently detected AGM egg masses on four Pure Car Carrier sailed from Japan or Korea in June – July and arrived U.S. in August – September.


In addition, they intercepted a live Khapra beetle larva and cast skin on a container shipped from Nigeria. This beetle is one of the world’s most destructive insect pests.


Ahead of every AGM season, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced the measures of preventing spread of AGM for commercial vessel arriving from AGM regulated area (Far East Russia, Japan, Korea and Northern China). Please refer our Japan P&I News No.1059 dated 28 January 2020.


Vessels calling at ports in AGM regulated area should take extra vigilance in conducting self-inspection and obtaining the required pre-departure certificates properly.


We wish you a pleasant voyage.