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Friday, 26 April 2019 07:03

Philippines want 103 containers returned to Canada

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103 containers shipped from Vancouver to the Philippines over five years ago threaten to destroy diplomatic relations with Canada. The containers were never claimed and were later discovered by the Bureau of Customs to contain household and electronic garbage that is classified as hazardous under the Toxic Substances and Hazardous and Nuclear Waste and Control Act of 1990. Charges were filed in 2014 against Chronic Plastics and its customs brokers, but no removal order followed. President Rodrigo Duterte warned this week that if Canada doesn’t take back the containers that have been rotting in a port near Manila within the next week, he will “declare war” and ship the containers back himself. Prime Minister Trudeau is being urged to sign the amendment to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal, which prohibits the export of hazardous waste from developed to developing countries.

 

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