On November 7, 2022, the Ministry of Emergency Management, in conjunction with other 9 ministries, released the amendments to the Catalog of Hazardous Chemicals 2015. According to the amendments, all diesel fuels, irrespective of their flashpoints, shall be considered as hazardous chemicals and subject to the management of administrative license for hazardous chemicals in China. Previously, only diesel with closed-cup flashpoint <= 60℃ was considered as hazardous chemicals.
The Ministry of Emergency Management will also revise the Information Sheet of Hazardous Chemicals Classification subsequently.
The amendment will come into effect on January 1, 2023.
Diesels with flashpoints greater than 60℃, commonly used in Southern China, are required to be transported as dangerous goods. However, based on the current regulations, it does not need to handle administrative licenses for hazardous chemicals.
In addition, the amendments will not affect the transportation of diesels as dangerous goods (UN1202, divided into 3 kinds in road transportation based on the flashpoint). The upcoming regulatory revision will resolve the inconsistency on diesels that flashpoints greater than 60℃ were dangerous goods but not hazardous chemicals.
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