China delays scrap license cutoff again

Oct 29, 2004 | 07:16 AM | Joe McCann

For the second time this year, the Chinese government has rolled back a licensing registration deadline for international scrap companies exporting secondary metals and materials to China.

The scrap metal licensing initiative was rolled back another two months--this time until Jan. 1--allowing China's Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) to process and issue additional import licenses. AQSIQ said it was having trouble processing a backlog of applications and was unable to meet its Nov. 1 registration deadline.

The Chinese governmental agency earlier this year had set a deadline of Sept. 1 for the overseas exporters to obtain the license, but it later postponed that until Nov. 1 at the request of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), Washington, and the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR), the Brussels-based scrap industry federation (AMM, June 21 and June 24).....

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