NEW YORK U.S. scrap metal exporters will be required to take photographs of digital readings from radiation detection equipment, according to an unofficial notice from China Certification & Inspection Co. (CCIC), which said the new initiative will be a permanent law that will be strictly enforced by inspectors.
"For shipment to mainland China, the shipment has to be radiation-checked prior to shipment," a CCIC spokesman told AMM, and shippers will need to take photos of the screen on radiation sensors during the inspection of material headed for China.
"We have had several loads that have been rejected because of radiation. We want a photo of the reading. If you do not have a detector, you will have to buy one. This is going to stay forever. We will check the photos," he said.
Several exporters expressed discontent over the new rule. "Whats the point? Stuff is checked at the piers before it leaves the U.S.," one scrap exporter told AMM. "Its just another pain-in-the-ass thing that they want us to do."
A second exporter said new rules, especially ones involving photographs, would only serve to discourage shippers from doing business with Chinese buyers. "This is ridiculous and pointless," he said. "Every time I turn around there are new rules and regulations."
Some exporters said they did not know how they would effectively accomplish the new task. "Our sensors are not handheld; they are on the scale. I am not sure how we are going take photos outside in all types of weather conditions," a third exporter said, noting that China is the only country that requires radiation detection information on scrap imports. "Weve taken photos of the metal for years, but taking photos of the radiation reading seems a little odd," he said.
The new rule is effective immediately, according to CCIC.