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CBIC issues ultimatum of 48 hours to customs to confirm about safety standards of hazardous materials in warehouses

This precautionary step has been taken in view of the recent incident of an explosion in a foreign country caused by such material, CBIC said.

Published: 06th August 2020 08:03 PM  |   Last Updated: 06th August 2020 08:03 PM   |  A+A-

Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs chief M Ajit Kumar

CBIC chief M Ajit Kumar (File photo| EPS)

By ANI

NEW DELHI: Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) on Thursday directed customs and field formations to immediately verify and confirm within 48 hours that any hazardous and explosive material lying in warehouses and ports across the country meets all safety and fire standards and presents no danger to life and property.

This precautionary step has been taken in view of the recent incident of an explosion in a foreign country caused by such material, CBIC said.

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The port of Beirut in Lebanon was severely hit by the massive explosion late on August 4, with at least 137 people being killed and some 5,000 others injured, according to the latest data provided by the country's Health Ministry. Many are still missing.

According to the authorities, the incident was caused by the improper storage of 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate. 

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