TT Club informed that it has recently been made aware that shipper interests have been seeking to transport Divinylbenzene (DVB) from China to Europe and the US, while misdeclaring the commodity as Class 9, UN 3082 ENVIRONMENTALLY HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCE, LIQUID, N.O.S. (Divinylbenzene).
onsidering serious incidents, the IMDG Code was amended to include subdivision Class 4.1 for polymerizing substances with new UN numbers:
- UN3532, POLYMERIZING SUBSTANCE, LIQUID, STABILIZED, N.O.S. and
- UN3534, POLYMERIZING SUBSTANCE, LIQUID, TEMPERATURE CONTROLLED, N.O.S.
While Divinylbenzene (or related trade names, which may include Diethenylbenzene or Vinylstyrene) is not specifically named in the Dangerous Goods regulations, it is to be classified under one of these two numbers
TT Club says.
It is also understood that the shipper interests may be seeking to book this commodity using temperature controlled tank containers. The booking enquiry may be made with NVOC tank container operators or with a tank container lessors.
DVB is a liquid chemical that is prone to polymerization (a form of self-reaction). Products with a polymerization risk generally use chemical inhibitors to prevent self-reaction taking place.
Such chemical inhibitors are effective for a limited period of time at a maximum temperature of about 27°C, assuming that a critical oxygen saturation is maintained. As a result, the current mandatory regulations require temperature control to ensure the cargo remains sufficiently stabilised.
Freight forwarders, logistics operators, tank container operators and lessors, NVOCs and liner carriers are urged to be alert and to take necessary action to ensure that commodities being presented for transport are correctly declared and documented for safe carriage
TT Club concludes.