12 June 2008 09:43 [Source: ICIS news]
SHANGHAI (ICIS news)--Major ports in China including Shanghai, Tianjin, Ningbo and Qingdao are likely to restrict the movement of hazardous chemicals during the Beijing Olympics in August, sources from shipping companies said on Thursday.
"I have heard all the major ports will restrict the transportation of hazardous chemicals, but we have not received the announcement yet," a source from Ningbo Zhida Shipping Agent in Zhejiang province said.
A source from Sinocean Shipping Co said the company would not accept hazardous chemicals for transportation, especially into the ports of Olympics host cities in July and August due to the restrictions.
Shanghai Port recently issued a formal notification announcing restrictions on the movement of hazardous chemicals from 20 July to 31 August. The prohibited chemicals fall into four broad categories, namely organic peroxides, virulent products, explosive goods and radioactive substances.
However, authorities at other ports including Ningbo, Tianjin and Qingdao said they had not issued any regulations yet.
"We have not received any announcement [from the government] on the hazardous chemicals [transportation] for the coming months," a source from Qingdao port said in Mandarin adding that they had however informed transporters about the impending restrictions.In an advisory to its customers, global shipping company Maersk said that the restrictions could stretch from 20 July to 20 September.
"Existing users of hazardous goods will need to apply for a new permit and follow a process of registration for trading and transportation," it added.
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