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.
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.