NEW YORK Chinas stepped-up enforcement of existing regulations on solid waste imports, known as Operation Green Fence, has made it virtually impossible to ship shredded nonferrous sensor-sorted scrap to Chinese ports, several export sources told AMM.
The material, commonly referred to as zurik, is comprised mainly of stainless steel, insulated copper wire, aluminum, copper, lead, magnesium, nickel, tin and zinc, in elemental or alloyed (solid) form, according to the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries.
"Before Green Fence, we were exporting a good amount of zurik to China every month," one exporter said. "Now, with the restrictions in place, we have been exploring new markets for the materialnamely in eastern Asia and Europe."
The exporter declined to offer further details on the specific countries accepting shipments of zurik. "I would rather not say where the material is going at this point," he said.
"Over the past 20 days we have witnessed heightened scrutiny of some of the lower-grade materialballasts, lead-coated copper cable, low-recovery breakage items. People are having major issues with getting this type of material accepted at port," a second exporter said.
"My CCIC (China Certification & Inspection Co.) inspector has been raking me over the coals, specifically on zurik," a third exporter said. "His aggressiveness on anything that could possibly contain a circuit board has been unprecedented. The other day he did three separate inspections on a single load of zurik. Things have become super strict in a hurry."