Importers of Polluting Old Ships Face Fines

The Government has worked out a solution to deal with companies that have imported worth-going-to-waste ships to reuse iron and steel. 

The customs accept only import contracts signed before July 1, 2006, the date the Environment Protection Law took effect, according to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

Another condition is that imported ships have already been present in Viet Nam. However, the importers will be fined.

After collecting iron and steel from the overly old ships, the importers must send the remainders abroad.

If the too old ships pollute the environment, the importers must assume responsibility.

A fact is that before being imported to Viet Nam, many old ships used to carry chemicals and insecticides, thus quite able to pollute the environment, according to the ministry. Another fact is that the old ships come from countries lacking materials to produce steel.

By A.Th. – Translated by Tuong Thuy

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