The Republic of the Marshall Islands issues Guideline regarding Asian Gypsy Moth Inspection Program. The purpose of this Guideline is to increase awareness of the Asian Gypsy Moth (AGM) program which is administered by the United States (US) Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to prevent the introduction of the AGM into the US and Canada.
The AGM interception season on commercial vessels at US and Canadian ports concerns vessels that have called on ports in the People’s Republic of China, Republic of Korea, Japan and Far East Russia anytime during the period of May through September. If any AGM are found on a vessel, the authorities may:
- Refuse the vessel entry into the US or Canadian waters;
- Order the vessel into international waters;
- Require the vessel to undergo pest control treatment; and
- Require re-inspection of the vessel after undergoing pest control treatment.
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Source: The Republic of the Marshall Islands