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Major courier firms on punishment list

MAJOR courier and logistics firms including UPS, DHL Shanghai and local YTO Express were on a list of companies that were punished by China's civil aviation operator released over the weekend.

The companies were cited for transporting dangerous goods without reporting them between February and December of 2012.

YTO was warned and fined 60,000 yuan (US$9,690) in December for mixing dangerous goods with normal cargo and failing to train workers properly to handle dangerous goods, the Civil Aviation Administration of China said in a statement. The Shanghai Qihao Shipping Agency received the same punishment with the YTO.

The UPS Shanghai branch was warned and fined 29,000 yuan twice, in April and November of last year, for transporting dangerous cargo listed as normal goods, while DHL Shanghai was fined 29,000 yuan, the administration said.

Hainan Airlines and Yan'an Airport in northwest China's Shaanxi Province were warned for failing to transport dangerous cargo according to regulations. Thirteen other domestic logistics and delivery firms were also punished, according to the statement.

"There have been an increasing number of violations involving dangerous cargo of the air-freight safety code in China because many parts and sections are involved in the transportation process," the administration said.

In December, five courier firms, including four Shanghai firms, had their licenses for air-freight services suspended within three weeks for breaking the air-freight safety code.

The Shanghai couriers - Yunda, YTO, Huixing and Qihang courier firms - had their licenses suspended for a year because they failed to report inflammable materials in their cargo, including in one case two lithium batteries that caused a small fire on a China Southern flight after it landed.

"All membership carriers of the association should refuse to transport cargo for the four couriers during the suspension," the China Air Transport Association, which represents China's airlines, has said.


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