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Updated ADR 2021 now truly has global outlook

Updated ADR 2021 now truly has global outlook

The ADR intends to increase the safety of international transport of dangerous goods by road. It has been regularly amended and updated since its entry into force in 1968. The most recent version has been prepared on the basis of amendments applicable as from 1 January 2021. Until now, the formal title of ADR was the "European Agreement concerning the international carriage of dangerous goods by road (ADR)". In this new edition the word European is removed to acknowledge the global status of ADR and as an encouragement to all UN Member States to join and fully implement it. See here.

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.