November 28, 2011

Illegal Waste Shipments: Authorities Meet with Shipping Industry to Join Forces

Filed under: INECE Secretariat, seaports — inece @ 12:38 pm

credit Uli HarderINECE (together with IMPEL) co-facilitated an international workshop in which authorities and organizations met with stakeholders from the shipping industry to find common ground for effective approaches to fight illegal transnational hazardous waste shipments. Such shipments are in conflict with the provisions of the Basel Convention and cause serious risks for public health, safety and the environment. Apart from this, upon detection, illegal shipments may cause reputational damage and economic costs for the industry. The workshop was hosted by Dutch Customs and the Environmental Inspectorate of the Netherlands.

Participants mutually learned from views, practical examples and discussions. Illegal waste shipments are generally perceived as a serious problem that needs to be addressed by appropriate measures. In doing so, however, the legitimate trade and transport should not fear unnecessary interventions. It was concluded that ways forward may be found through improved exchange of information, both within and between stakeholders’ communities. Further work will be initiated along those lines, also in anticipation of a potential follow-up workshop in 2012.

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