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Beijing [China], February 11 (ANI): China has been exporting hazardous goods with explosive properties in the garb of fertilizers and skipping safety precautions that facilitate safe storage and shipment of goods by providing information on the dangers associated.

The checks are done under International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes Code (IMSBS Code). The primary aim of IMSBS code is to facilitate the safe storage and shipment of solid bulk cargoes by providing information on the dangers associated with the shipment and China is not exercising these prescribed safety precautions.

The Chinese companies are hiding the correct and specific nature of the product that they are exporting. They avoid putting their remarks on explosive hazards.

The Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs) issued by the Chinese companies at the time of export lack these data. In one such incident, New China Chemicals Company Ltd, based in Tianjin, China loaded its consignment on July 22, 2021, and it reached Port of Durban, South Africa by September 2021.

The vessel started emitting toxic brown fumes that created chaos at the Port, reported The HK Post. China described the goods exported as Sodium Metabisulphite; however, the description was incorrect.

The actual consignment contained 6 different items, sent as fertilizers i.e Sodium Metabisulphite, Calcium Nitrate Granular, Magnesium Nitrate, Mono Ammonium Phosphate, Zinc Sulphate and Mono Potassium Phosphate.

A chemical analysis report indicates that except for Mono potassium phosphate, all the other five chemicals onboard the vessel have explosive properties, reported The HK Post. (ANI)

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