VN to Return 7,000 Tons of Polluting Imports

Vietnamese authorities have ordered over 7,000 tons of imported steel scraps in 257 containers to be sent out of Viet Nam after inspectors concluded the “commodities” are garbage threatening the environment.

The 7,000 tons of steel scraps

The Inspection Team led by Dr. Tran Hong Ha, Director of the National Environmental Protection Department found the scraps are mixed with various kinds of hazardous wastes like cans and boxes of paints, solvents,  pesticides and grease, electronic circuits, plastic and  rubber waste and chemical substances.

The containers which arrived at Hai Phong and Ho Chi Minh City ports in September last year are emanating a terrible smell.

Besides having to re-export the scraps, six importers - namely Anh Trang Trading Co., Ltd., Teachmart Steel (now Vila Megaspar), Hoa Phat Group, Dinh Vu Steel, Hung  Yen Mechanical Co. and HCMC Metal Co - have to pay fines for violating regulations on environmental protection.

Four of them have paid their dues while Hoa Phat has re-exported its ‘consignment’.

Of the 7,000 tons, Anh Trang Co. imported 91 containers, Teachmart Steel 73 and Hoa Phat Group 51, Dinh Vu Steel, Hung  Yen Mechanical Co. around 13- 16 containers.

Source: TTX VN – Translated by Phuong Lan

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