NEW YORK Chinas stepped-up enforcement on imports of raw materials, dubbed Operation Green Fence, is finally being fully understood by most scrap exporters, according to the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries.
"The number of calls from ISRI members encountering problems with the so-called Operation Green Fence has dropped dramatically," ISRI told members. "It appears that except for three material streams, only recyclers who have had a less-than-stellar track record with China Customs Inspection and Quarantine (CIQ) continue to be subjected to the very aggressive inspection procedures."
The materials facing the most scrutiny include shredded nonferrous sensor-sorted scrap, or zurik; single-stream collected mixed paper; and certain loads of mixed consumer plastics (containers that have been used for something other than beverages), ISRI said.
Issues with container inspection and port delays have also largely been resolved in recent months. "It appears too that containers are moving more quickly from the ships to the consignees, dramatically cutting back on demurrage and detention charges (that) so many shippers were being confronted with," ISRI said, adding that it will continue to communicate with the Chinese government in an effort to discuss what can be done to allow zurik and other banned materials back into the country.