China ports said overreacting on scrap rules

May 07, 2013 | 04:39 PM | Sean Davidson

Tags  scrap, China, CCIC, AQSIQ, Green Fence, scrap imports, scrap exports, Wang Jiwei Sean Davidson

NEW YORK — China’s push to enforce rules on imports of certain recycled and waste products is focusing primarily on trade activities at major coastal ports and the provinces of Anhui, Hubei, Hunan and Jiangzi, according to an industry group.

The enforcement effort—dubbed "Operation Green Fence" by market participants—is aimed at ensuring that businesses operate legally. It could affect some small businesses, but the impact for the overall industry is more psychological because most are already observing the rules, according to officials at the China Nonferrous Metals Industry Association Recycling Metal Branch (CMRA).

Although Chinese Customs and Ministry of Environmental Protection officials are simply adhering to the rule book, some ports have overreacted with their own interpretation of the rules, which has affected some businesses’ operations, according to CMRA vice president and secretary-general Wang Jiwei.

The enforcement effort has affected flows of scrap metal, among other materials, into China, with customs officials in Shanghai reportedly announcing April 11 that they had found and confiscated 6,000 tonnes of "smuggled mineral waste residue" since the initiative’s launch in February, CMRA said.....

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