Argentina has just passed a resolution to enforce phytosanitary measures against Asian gypsy moth (AGM) for international ships arriving at Argentinian ports.
** ASIAN GYPSY MOTH IS NOW KNOWN AS FLIGHTED SPONGY MOTH COMPLEX **
Not all countries have introduced the new name yet, but BIMCO has decided to standardise on Flighted Spongy Moth Complex, abbreviated to FSMC.
Argentina has joined USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Chile to impose AGM regulations on international ships visiting Argentinian ports.
The Argentinian National Service of Agri-Food Health and Quality (SENASA) is the competent authority dealing with AGM regulations in Argentina and has recently approved a new resolution 764/2020 together with two integrated Annexes, prescribing phytosanitary measures for ships that have sailed or remained in the 'AGM-risk' or 'AGM-regulated' areas during the last 24 months, counting from the arrival of the ship at Argentinian ports.
This new Argentinian resolution was published in the Official Gazette on 14 October 2020 and enters into force 90 days after this date, i.e. on 12 January 2021. It is our understanding that notwithstanding the new measures will only enter into force on 12 January 2021, it will be applied “retroactively”. Therefore, if a ship arrives in Argentina on 12 January 2021, the period to be considered would be from 12 January 2019. So if the ship has visited one of the AGM-risk or regulated areas in that period, this will have to be stated in the pre-arrival information; and if the visit coincided with the specified risk period, an AGM-free certificate must be obtained as well.
For full details of the AGM requirements, please go to our AGM section/Argentina for information and guidance.
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