In an effort to reduce emissions to improve air quality and increase security during the 2008 Olympics, the Chinese government will be taking action perhaps as early as July 1, 2008. The Civil Aviation Administration of China announced they will ban airfreight transportation of most dangerous goods (explosives, guns, ammunition, and other hazmat) to host cities during the Olympics and will be in place from July 1 through September 30, 2008. The Shanghai Seaport Authority will also impose restrictions starting July 18 to August 31 on the following:

  • Explosives including fireworks
  • Organic peroxides
  • Toxic cargo
  • Radioactive substances 
  • Hydrogen peroxide 
  • Acetone, vitriol, nitric acid, hydrochloric acid, ammonium nitrate including fertilizer

Importers should be aware that to ensure adequate air quality, water and electricity during the Olympics, the Chinese government has categorized factories by the usage of power and water as well as the amount of pollution created. Such industries as chemicals, paper, tire, metal, cement and tile may be shut down depending on how bad the pollution is at the time the games start.

Even if your products are not of the heavy polluting type and factories remain open, getting your cargo to and from ports due to traffic restrictions and controls, the congestion will almost certainly affect orders critical to your supply chain. We recommend that you remain in close contact with your suppliers to coordinate a smooth operation prior to and after the games.