United Arab Emirates’ government agency, Securities Industry Regulatory Authority (SIRA) has tightened the regulation for the ban or restriction of hazardous chemicals (DG) exports or imports in Dubai ports.

From now on, all such import/export activities must be approved by the SIRA in advance, which the shipper/consignee must obtain and submit the approval documents (SIRA approval) when making their bookings, said the container shipping company Ocean Network Express (ONE) in an announcement.

This SIRA approval must also be attached to the booking form, along with other DGD (Dangerous Goods Declaration), MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet), and so on, to avoid any issues when approaching EHS (Environment Health and Safety Dept) for approval.

In the case of importing/exporting the units without EHS approval, it will be considered a violation with a corresponding penalty, according to ONE’s statement.

The procedure for United Arab Emirates DG imports will be the following:

  1. When import/export goods are listed on the table (attached), shipper/consignee should prepare the SIRA approval document and provide it with the related documents (sample attached).
  2. EHS approval must be obtained before the arrival of the import vessel
  3. When the cargo and importer/exporter details and the SIRA approval match, then loading the cargo can be confirme.

Source : Container-News