China implements a range of security, transport and environmental measures ahead of the 18th summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Qingdao. NGL office to close 7-10 June.

Home to Tsingtao Beer and home appliance giant Haier, Qingdao, the coastal city in east China’s Shandong Province, is the host the of the 18th summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) this June.

The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) is a permanent intergovernmental international organisation, the creation of which was announced on 15 June 2001 in Shanghai by the Republic of Kazakhstan, the People’s Republic of China, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Tajikistan, and the Republic of Uzbekistan.

China will host the summit this year to discuss security, economic, cultural and environmental collaboration with its neighbours.

The event is assumed to take place June 8-11, but the exact dates have not yet been announced by the authorities due to security.

A broad range of security and environmental measures have already been implemented and more will follow as the summit approaches.

In the run-up to the summit, construction and many industrial operations have creased and the Norman Global Logistics office in Qingdao will be closed from June 7 to 10, during which time operations will stop.

Hotels in the city area will not be open to the general public prior to the Summit.

From June 1 to 11, around 70% of domestic flights to and from Qingdao will be cancelled and the majority of airlines will not accept domestic freight bookings for the same period.

Many international flights including passenger and cargo flights will be cancelled before and after the Summit.

As per standard procedures, dangerous goods will not be allowed to enter the port of Qingdao from June 1-20. Hazard classes 8 and 9 will also be banned, but transit will be possible.

The China Maritime Safety Agency (MSA) has been conducting special vessel security inspections since April 20 and controls are expected to last until mid June.

For vessels entering Qingdao waters during this period, a ‘special information report’ has to be submitted to the MSA prior to arrival in Qingdao.