FOSFA and EU requirements on acceptable previous cargoes differ

The European Commission has issued a revised Directive 96/3/EC revising the EU list of acceptable previous cargoes. Members are alerted to some differences between the EU list and the FOSFA requirements for some products that should be carefully noted if trading to the European Union.

In particular attention is drawn to what are known as "Aqueous Solutions" Calcium Chloride - 10043-52-4

* Potassium Hydroxide (Caustic Potash) - 1310-58-3

 Potable water

** Sodium Hydroxide (caustic soda) 1310-73-2

* Listed as Caustic Potash (Potassium Hydroxide) in the FOSFA List

** Listed as Caustic Soda (Sodium Hydroxide; sodium hydrate; lye; white caustic) In the FOSFA List

Each is "acceptable" as a previous cargo only when the immediate previous cargo to it is on the list and is similarly not restricted.

This restriction by the EU stems from the Scientific Committee on Food’s decision of 20 September 1996, concerning Aqueous Solutions (as they are collectively known), which are found to be a cause for concern based upon results of tests undertaken.

Members are advised to note that FOSFA is not intending to adopt this particular EU criteria.

Click here for a copy of the full EU directive.
Click here for a copy of the FOSFA Circular dated 6 February 2004 summarising the changes.

Members are advised to note the differences between the EU directive and FOSFA lists and be aware of these requirements when trading to the EU.

EU Member States have been directed to adopt the legislation by 1 June 2004 although the EU directive came into force on 11 February 2004. Accordingly members trading to EU destination ports should seek clarification on a country-by-country basis regarding adoption of the EU directive.

Contact: Howard Snaith