Small importers feel crackdown in China

May 28, 2013 | 11:19 AM | Fleur Ritzema

Tags  BIR, China, Operation Green Fence, scrap

SHANGHAI — Stricter supervision by Chinese customs has hit small-scale scrap importers in China, according to delegates at the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) conference in Shanghai.

In a drive to improve environmental standards—an effort dubbed Operation Green Fence—the Chinese government is enforcing previous regulations more strictly across the scrap industry and is closely monitoring the quality and use of imported goods (, May 16). While no new regulations have been implemented, the crackdown has exposed areas where regulations had not previously been stringently enforced, sources said.

Prior to officially launching Operation Green Fence this February, Chinese officials began a drive in the last quarter of 2012 to crack down on specific import malpractices, delegates said. Some said the impact on small-scale traders in particular has been dramatic. ....

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