KUWAIT, Aug 20: The Kuwait Ports Authority (KPA) and the General Administration of Customs (GAC) affirmed on Thursday that the containers at Shuaiba Port have “environmentally friendly and not dangerous raw materials” after being examined by competent authorities.
In a joint press statement, the two authorities confirmed keenness on following up standards of security and safety, and abidance by international protocols towards all imported commodities mainly that are designated as “very dangerous”.
All imported materials which may have security and safety perils are placed in a certain place in accordance with the procedures and requirements of the Inter-Governmental Maritime Consultative Organization and the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code.
The ports receive about one million containers with varied materials, including very dangerous ones, every year, it said.
It noted that the containers carry either military or industrial materials, and authorities deal with them in line with international criteria.
It pointed out that after the explosion of Beirut Port on August 4 that killed at least 170 people, injured about six thousand and caused severe material damage, Director General of the KPA Sheikh Yusuf Abdullah Al-Sabah issued a decision to form a commission led by him to inspect periodically the stores and warehouses in the ports in order to ensure they are free of dangerous materials.
The dangerous materials are dealt with in a special way as they are immediately delivered to the owner, it stated (KUNA)