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Thailand to ban import and transshipment of municipal wastes

July 03, 2019


Abstract : Mr. Adul Chotinisakorn, director general of the Department of Foreign Trade (DFT) of the Ministry of Commerce, revealed that the Ministry of Commerce had issued the notice of 2019 about the Ban on Import or Transshipment of Municipal Wastes.

InfoQuest, (July 02, 2019) -- Mr. Adul Chotinisakorn, director general of the Department of Foreign Trade (DFT) of the Ministry of Commerce, revealed that the Ministry of Commerce had issued the notice of 2019 about the Ban on Import or Transshipment of Municipal Wastes. In accordance with the Basel Convention, Thailand will cooperate with other signatory states to control transboundary movements of hazardous wastes and their disposal, and prevent hazardous wastes that pollute the environment and jeopardize people's health from entering Thailand. The ban will take effect on July 13, 2019.

On the grounds of the Export and Import of Goods Act, B.E. 2522 (1979) and its amendments, anyone who violates or fails to comply with the import ban shall be sentenced to imprisonment for up to ten years or fined five times the value of the product, or be subject to both punishments. Anyone who violates or fails to comply with the transshipment ban will be sentenced to imprisonment for up to five years or fined 2.5 times the value of the product, or be subject to both punishments.

"In order not to hinder or affect the import and export of Thai products, it is suggested that enterprises follow up and carefully study the messages and announcements issued by the DFT," said Mr. Adul.

According to the definition in the Tariff 3825.10.00, "municipal waste” is a waste type consisting of discarded items collected from residences, hotels, restaurants, hospitals, shops and offices, and garbage from roads and sidewalks, as well as wastes produced in construction and demolition of buildings. "Municipal waste" usually contains a variety of materials, such as plastics, rubber, woods, paper, textiles, glass, metals, food wastes, broken furniture and other damaged or discarded items.

"Municipal waste" does not include items that have been separated out from garbage, such as plastics, rubber, woods, paper, textiles, glass, metals and dead batteries. These items should be placed under the appropriate catalog in the tariff schedule or be categorized into industrial waste, pharmaceutical waste and clinical waste.

Source: InfoQuest, by Kasamarporn Kittisamphan/ Rachada, translated by Xinhua Silk Road

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