1st European Transport Warn Haulage Companies About Fraudulent Waste Management
We have recently seen an increase in the fraudulent transportation of waste goods to Europe and call on all Logistics and Freight haulage companies to be on the alert.
Transporting waste is a specialist job and highly regulated, meaning it can only be completed by a small number of European Freight Haulage providers.
As waste management hauliers ourselves, 1st European know all too well how much time, research and design has to go into the safe and legal logistics of managing waste transportation.
Waste comes in many forms including hazardous and non-hazardous materials, solids and fluids, all requiring their own certifications dependent on the product, method of transportation and countries through which the goods are being transported.
For example, transporting waste goods via road is different to transporting goods via rail. Transporting goods via road and sea, is different to transporting waste goods via air. Transporting waste goods over national borders, requires multiple certification.
Regulation (EC) No 1013/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council
The European Union (EU) created a system to supervise and control shipments of waste within its borders and with the countries of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and non-EU countries that have signed the Basel Convention
The ACT controls the waste shipments of goods in order to improve environmental protection and considers control procedures including prior written notifications of consent to accept waste material, the duty of the shipper to take back waste shipments if they are found to be illegal and that all parties ensure the waste is managed in an environmentally sound manner.
Increase In Fraudulent Bookings Costing The Haulage Industry
At 1st European, we have noticed an increase in calls from companies claiming to have the required certification for waste transport.
Within the industry we have also heard of horror stories from other European Haulage companies that have taken on waste transportation bookings to Calais and other ports. The customer will claim at the time of booking, that the goods should be delivered to a border collection point, where another European haulier will collect the goods for the onward journey. Unfortunately the driver arrives with the waste materials, only to find there is no such arrangement and subsequently stuck with a trailer load of waste cargo requiring safe disposal.
Thankfully at 1st European we know the questions to ask to avoid this happening, but as much as we are all competing to win work in a crowded industry, we would hate to see our fellow transporters become victim to such scams. We believe we have a duty to work with our competitors to develop industry knowledge and avoid taking on work without considering the wider implications.
What To Look Out For In Waste Management and Transportation
The transportation of waste management is complicated, but should you receive an enquiry, make sure you are aware of the legal requirements and fully vet customers and all international hauliers that claim they are able to work with you.
Consider TFS Notifications, time scales for approval and commodity codes. Understand which agencies have the authority to provide these and how to complete the relevant and required paperwork.
Consider the cost and time scales to have a license issued and if the properties of goods for transportation are consistent or vary on each load, requiring new licenses.
Routes, borders, entry and exists points all contribute to the classification process dependent on whether you are travelling through an EU member country or not.