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ICTA – ICC webinar on safe chemical warehousing in India

ICTA – ICC webinar on safe chemical warehousing in India

ICTA will host a webinar about safety in the chemical warehouse jointly with the Indian Chemical Association. As chemical distributors become increasingly global, it is important that harmonized safety standards are applied across the globe. Given the importance of the Indian market, ICTA aims to support Indian distributors in ensuring that their chemical warehouses are safe. The webinar covers the basics of the hardware (the assets), software (the management system) and mindware (safety culture) of chemical warehouses. It will offer participants practical measures and strategies for the Indian market.

The webinar will take place on 9 March 2021 from 15.00 to max. 16.30 IST. A definitive agenda will follow and have two speakers, each for about 30 minutes with a Q&A after. One of the speakers will be Mr. Sirhans Peshin, Senior Director Supply Chain Management at Raj Petro (a Brenntag Group company). He is responsible for planning, procurement, manufacturing, logistics, warehousing, and HSEQ. Sirhans has over 25 years of operational and management experience in the industry, including at Total Oil India and IG Petrochemicals. You can register by sending an email to info@icta-chem.org.

EU and UK reach Trade and Cooperation Agreement

EU and UK reach Trade and Cooperation Agreement

On 1 January 2021 the UK became a “third country” outside the EU’s single market and customs union. After a year of intense negotiations, the UK and the EU have reached an agreement outlining the contours of their future economic partnership. The deal is agreed in principle at negotiators’ level and has already been approved by British parliament and Member Sate Ambassadors to the EU. The European Parliament is also expected to pass the deal. The EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) goes well beyond traditional free trade agreements, but does not replicate the level of frictionless access that existed while the UK was an EU member. 

It is important for chemical distributors to understand the key elements of the TCA and determine actions that may still need be taken. ICTA has therefore drafted a briefing (attached) giving a broad overview of the most relevant TCA provisions.

     
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ICTA stresses importance of preventing diversion in chemical supply chains

ICTA stresses importance of preventing diversion in chemical supply chains

The G7 Global Partnership has revised its strategic vision to focus more on chemical weapons, a global culture of chemical security, capacity building and working with industry to raise awareness. In his role as chair of the Chemical Security Working Group, the representative of the Department of Homeland Security stressed the need to engage industry effectively. At that moment, however, ICTA was the only chemical industry representative in the room. It was noted that evidence shows Syria exploited weak links in international supply chains to source substances for their chemical Weapons of Mass Destruction program.

During the meetings the OPCW advised that their program and budget for 2019 had been approved. OPCW is recruiting for ten new posts to support the new work plan. There is broad support for OPCW’s work on verification, national implementation and terrorism, but some political divisions remain as key questions. There was for instance a perception that some members of OPCW sought to block effective OPCW action in response to the use of chemical weapons in Syria and UK (Salisbury). Verification planning in Syria is ongoing, but the planned work budget currently has a €800k shortfall. OPCW is also looking to fund cyber security, business continuity and physical infrastructure.

The EU gave a presentation stating that CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear) threats are real. Internet terrorist propaganda and handbooks are spreading quickly, despite counter efforts. The attack in Salisbury was an eye opener at EU level. It has triggered actions to strengthen resilience to attacks with chemical weapons. The EU has therefore launched a CBRN Centre of Excellence initiative with €156m funding to build capacity. The EU is also developing a common list of threat chemicals, which it has almost finalized and is based primarily on the USA CBRN list. The EU’s next steps is to intensify dialogue with private actors in the precursor supply chain. The EU also wants to improve detection technology and first response capabilities.

On behalf of ICTA, Peter Newport welcomed the redevelopment of an EU list of threat chemicals. He pointed out that the existing list is based on risk perception, not science. He expressed the importance of taking a scientific approach when composing the new list and the importance of sharing the new list with industry. Without information sharing, there can be no effective control of listed substances. It became clear that the EU still concentrates on post supply chain diversion detection technologies, instead of on preventing the diversion in the first place. Meetings have been held with detector technology and equipment vendors, but not yet with chemical vendors. ICTA has expressed its firm belief that the focus should be on preventing diversion.

ICTA will continue to be involved with chemical security in 2019. Chemical security events in Bangladesh and Brussels (for EU & Turkey) took place and are expected to take place in March respectively.

The official report can be found here.