Tianjin port has suspended the import and export of hazardous cargo, beginning on 17 August, according to an announcement by the Tianjin Transport Committee.
The announcement stated that all container terminals and liquid bulk terminals must suspend the import and export of hazardous cargo immediately, and has ordered all container depots warehousing dangerous chemicals to conduct all-round safety inspections as soon as possible.
The port has also prohibited the loading of dangerous chemicals that are already present at the port, a source from a local chemical warehouse told IHS Maritime.
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“Even if the importers of dangerous chemicals have issued letters of credit, they cannot get their cargo, and have to choose another port to load the chemicals,” the source added.
At present, only Shanghai and Tianjin can accept imported dangerous chemicals.