제목 : 태국, 폐기물 수입 금지
최근 사회적 문제가 되고 있는 폐기물 수입이 태국에서도 금지되었습니다.
최근 불법 수입업자들이 적절한 신고를 하지 않고 수입하다 발견되는 사례가 늘어나자, 태국
당국은 일시적으로 모든 폐기물 수입에 대하여 금지한다는 결정을 내렸습니다. 이는 수입되는 모든 화물에
대한 검사가 불가능하여 내려진 결정으로 보입니다.
현지 Correspondent은 현재로써는 이러한 금수조치가
언제 해제될 지는 알 수 없는 상황이니, 모든 선사들은 혹시 모를 운항상 불이익을 피하기 위하여 현지
대리점을 통해 관련 사항을 반드시 확인할 것을 권고하고 있습니다. 자세한 사항은 다음을 참조하시기 바랍니다.
Our office in Bangkok is reporting that import of waste into Thailand is
currently suspended. Even containers in transit are affected. Members’ attention and precautions are
Boundary movement of hazardous waste is governed by the Basel Convention that
applies in Thailand as well. This allows for certain types of waste to be
imported into Thailand legitimately. These are generally recyclable types of
waste, but not lower quality waste only bound for deposit. Recycling is already
an established business in Thailand and various types of waste is imported
annually without any problems.
Lately, the Thai Customs
have discovered that waste has been mis-declared, usually as a recyclable type,
when in reality it was bound for waste disposal. The Thai Police have also
discovered that a number of recipients of waste, said to be recycle plants, do
not have any such capability.
Because of the large
volume of waste, and the impossible task of checking each shipment or
container, the Thai Authorities have decided to place a temporary suspension on
any import of waste.
This means that otherwise legitimate shipments, even in transit, might not be
allowed to discharge at any Thai port in the near future.
What to expect
It is uncertain when the
Authorities will lift this complete ban on discharge of waste. All Members are
encouraged to be in close contact with their local agent in order to secure
smooth operation. They should also prepare that waste cargo (plastic scrap,
electronics, and hazardous waste), even otherwise legitimate waste, may not
being allowed to discharge at any Thai port, including transit cargo.