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Exporters get ready for first port inspections

Exporters should beware of forthcoming port inspections in October, says TFS Pack, a logistics solutions company. These will be the first inspections since the introduction of the waste shipment regulations (European Union Regulation 1013/2006) on July 12 which require all green list waste shipments to be accompanied by documentation. Green list waste includes non-hazardous waste, for example, paper and cardboard uncontaminated by other waste types. The EU regulation works on a traffic light system, amber waste includes hazardous wastes including household waste. TFS Pack claim that for drivers moving waste short inter-EU journeys, ensuring it has accompanying green list documentation is manageable. But for wastes shipped in deep sea containers (some 8-10 million tonnes a year from the UK) exporters have found considerable difficulties ensuring documentation accompanies their material after drivers deposit containers dockside. One solution is for paperwork to be fixed on container doors after loading. This facility is offered by TFS Pack and it claims that it has seen record sales of TFS packs during September, with shippers rushing to ensure compliance before the inspections. TFS Pack managing director Aidan McCarthy points out that the IMPEL-TFS project has stated undocumented shipments will be viewed as an important indication of illegal activity. The Implementation and Enforcement of Environmental Law (IMPEL) will be controlling the inspections. IMPEL, an informal network of Member States environmental authorities, aims to monitor waste shipments bound for Europe, out of or within Europe and detect illegal waste transports. In the last similar inspection approximately half the containers inspected were deemed to be illegal. For example, at Southampton, 30 municipal waste containers were inspected and 16 were found to have illegal waste in them headed for China. For more information see www.tfspack.com

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