A floating threat: sea containers spread pests and diseases

Posted on Tue, 23 Aug 2016, 11:50

FAO has recently published a news article on its homepage on the issue of sea containers, being dealt by the IPPC.

Invasive species arrive in new habitats through various channels, but shipping, is the main one.

And shipping today means sea containers: Globally, around 527 million sea container trips are made each year - China alone deals with over 133 million sea containers annually. It is not only their cargo, but the steel contraptions themselves, that can serve as vectors for the spread of exotic species capable of wreaking ecological and agricultural havoc.

To know more, please read the full FAO News available in eight languages at http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/412511/icode/

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