CDC EXPANDS RODENT CONTROL TO 23 SEAPORTS
The U.S. Health and Human Services Department’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will begin vessel inspections for rodents and issuing Deratting and Derrating Exemption Certificates at 23 additional U.S. seaports.
While the United States does not require these certificates for vessels entering its seaports, the government provides this service under the World Health Organization’s International Health Regulations for vessel operators bound for countries that do require them. The CDC provides the service for $150 per inspection.
U.S. Seaports covered by the CDC are Baltimore; Boston; New York/Northern New Jersey; Philadelphia; Norfolk/Hampton Roads, Va.; Charleston, S.C.; Jacksonville, Cape Canaveral, Port Everglades, Tampa, Miami, Panama City and Pensacola, Fla.; Mobile, Ala.; Pascagoula/Gulfport, Miss.; New Orleans/Metarie, La.; Beaumont/Port Arthur/Orange, Houston/Galveston/Texas City, Corpus Christi and Brownsville/Port Isabel, Texas; Chicago; Toledo, Ohio; Detroit; Cleveland; San Diego/Port Hueneme, and Los Angeles/Long Beach/El Segundo, Calif.; Portland, Ore.; Seattle; Tacoma and Kalama, Wash.; Honolulu; and San Juan, Puerto Rico.