April 19, 2010

Nigeria Intercepts Electronic Waste at Lagos’ Port

Filed under: Africa, seaports — Tags: — inece @ 4:04 pm

Nigeria intercepted a shipping container conveying electronic wastes with a bill of lading that did not match the shipment’s contents, as a result of cooperation between Nigeria’s National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) and the Netherlands Ministry of Housing, Planning and Spatial Environment (VROM) as participants in INECE’s Seaport Environmental Security Network.

The shipper identified the contents of the container as “used items comprising a motor vehicle and miscellaneous personal effects, including electronic items (television sets and a car audio system),” but, when opened at the port, was found by authorities to contain 70 storage (lead) batteries (classified as A1180, waste electronics, under the Basel Convention), broken black and white television sets, tires which were more in number than listed on the bill of lading, refrigerators, and vehicle spare parts.

The container was transported aboard MV Maersk Nashville. Managing Director of Maersk Nigeria Ltd, Mr. David Skov, said in a statement that “[i[t is the responsibility of our customers, the shippers, to correctly declare the contents of the containers. Maersk Line and Safmarine recognise that transport of illegal waste has negative effects on people’s health as well as the environment in the countries where such illegal waste is discharged. As responsible companies, we do not want to participate in such trade.”

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