More Chinese Ports Restrict Handling of Hazardous Cargo Following Tianjin Explosions

After the explosion at the port of Tianjin more Chinese ports decided to impose restrictions on the  movement and handling of hazardous chemical cargoes at their facilities, disrupting global supply chains and the manufacturers that depend on the inputs, according to the information provided by the Journal of Commerce.

Since the blasts, all dangerous  cargo is forbidden to be loaded and discharged at Tianjin port, as is container stuffing and unstuffing of dangerous goods, although DGs in transit are exempted from this new rule.

In addition, the ports of Qingdao, Lianyungang, Ningbo, and Xiamen have tightened hazardous cargo regulations or outright forbid the potentially dangerous cargoes at their facilities.

At the port of Qingdao, all class 4.1 (except sulfur), class 3/UN 2058, class 5.1/UN2465, and class 5.1/UN2468 cargoes are not allowed for storage including import and transshipment. Direct delivery  will be done, if possible.

At the port of Ningbo, a Material Safety Data Sheet, which provides guidance on how to handle or respond to an issue with dangerous goods, is now required on all such cargoes transshipped via the port. Ningbo handled 13.8 percent of hazardous cargo bound for the U.S. in the first half and received 4.4 of all hazardous goods sent from the U.S. to China.

The Xiamen Ocean Gate Container Terminal has stopped accepting all dangerous cargoes whether for export or import.

The port of Lianyungang has stopped accepting Class 1 and Class 2 dangerous cargoes including export and import.

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