International shipping companies have been put on red alert by a group of scientists based in Spain as they have called for tighter control over how the international shipping companies inspect the cargo on a number of their shipping routes.
The reason for this request is because a new breed of ant has been discovered in different parts of the globe and if they do become established in a new region it could impact dramatically on their new environments and the international shipping companies have been asked to assist in keeping the chance of this happening down to a minimum by adhering to the procedures that are already in place.
A published report in the Royal Society Biology Letters which confirms studies have taken place throughout the Netherlands, New Zealand and the United States Of America and the findings showed larger than expected numbers of the alien ant population and naturally the international shipping companies could be assisting in this without prior knowledge and totally by accident.
Due to the size of the species they are easily carried around and transported over short distance in containers, soil, boxes, cartons but in terms of international shipping companies wooden pallets if not treated and in cargo such as fruit when international shipping companies move this type of cargo across country borders or across oceans.
International shipping companies utilising boats, planes, rail freight and road transport have little or no chance of eradicating this but it’s just a reminder to stick to the checks that are already in place and to deal with anything they find.
Once a new species has been transported into a new region by means of the international shipping companies or via another method they tend to aggressively attack the existing species, building up a mega colony and have a detrimental impact on the eco system of the country they are introduced into.
The international shipping companies are already governed by International regulations which demand the fumigation of any wood used in production of pallets and any other wood used within the pallet or crate making so the chances of this being done is already minimal but again its just something that the our industry must be made aware of.