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Zhangjiagang port imports chromium ore for first time

A cargo ship from South Africa carrying chromium ore was unloaded at Zhangjiagang port, Jiangsu province on Feb 22.

The cargo weighs 4,948 metric tons and is worth about $851,634. This is the first time that Zhangjiagang port has imported chromium ore.

South Africa has rich chromium deposits, 76 percent of the world's reserves.

Although chromium ore is a scarce resource in China it plays an important role in the development of metallurgy, national defense and the chemical industry. It is also widely used in production of stainless steel, glass, batteries and ceramics.

The Zhangjiagang Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau made a series of round deployment inspections to ensure detection of any radioactivity.

A cargo ship from South Africa carrying chromium ore is unloaded at Zhangjiagang port, Jiangsu province on Feb 22. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

A worker at the Zhangjiagang Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau inspects the chromium ore for radioactivity. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]