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Tianjin Port Update: Activity To Remain Slow As Clean Up Continues

Four more fires broke out today at the industrial park where the Tianjin explosion occurred on August 12th. One fire was reported to have occurred in a logistics site for vehicles, and the other three fires were reported within the central blast area.

Also reported today was an increase to the death toll, which has now reached 116, with 60 people still missing.

The latest reports indicate that the environmental cleanup of the restricted blast zone is slowly moving forward. Concerns over the cyanide contamination levels to the Haihe river have been reported as well.

Logistics updates indicate that container evaluation, terminal coordination with carriers, and trucking congestion, as well as customs declaration are all contributing factors to what will be a slower pace than usual at Tianjin.

Our MIQ Logistics team in Tianjin has been passing along details pertaining to customs as well as port and vessel operations, below are their latest updates:
Restriction Zone within Tianjin:
•Environmental Activities: A portion of the near dock depot within the restricted zone is still closed as environmental clean up efforts are underway.
•Sodium Cyanide: 150 tons of the 700 tons that was located at the explosion site, has been found in good packing condition and has since been removed.

Customs, Vessel, and Terminal Operations:
•Bans remain in place on all imports and exports of dangerous cargo containers until further notice. Additionally, some carriers have announced that they will cease the acceptance of new export and import bookings of dangerous cargo to Tianjin until further notice.
•Carriers continue coordination efforts with warehouses and terminals to expedite working procedures.
•Carriers are starting to evaluate losses on containers damaged by the blast.
•No further vessel scheduling changes have been reported
•Trucking service within the Xingang area has been impacted due to slower traffic and terminal efficiency; which could result in longer than usual wait times in Xingang.

Carrier updates received today include:

MIQ Logistics is actively monitoring this event closing to determine any supply chain impacts and we will update you as information is confirmed.

For more information, please contact your local MIQ Logistics representative.