NEW YORK An
unofficial announcement by a Chinese regulatory agency has
triggered uncertainty in the scrap industry as exporters have
yet to receive specific details about radiation checks on
Five days after an
unofficial announcement detailed a new regulation that requires
exporters to submit photos of radiation readings on scrap
shipments, China Certification & Inspection Co. (CCIC) told
AMM Aug. 21 that the rule will apply only to exporters
who have experienced "radiation-related issues" in the
"We do not have this
type of requirement for everyone," a spokesman at CCICs
U.S. headquarters in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., said, noting
that earlier statements by a spokesman in CCICs New York
office were largely incorrect (
amm.com, Aug. 16). "This requirement is only for
very special circumstances where loads had been found to
contain radiation in the past."
The spokesman said
that exporters will be contacted individually by a CCIC
inspector if a photo of digital readings from radiation
detection equipment is required. "Most exporters will not have
to include a photo. Its only for a very special
circumstance," he said.
however, are looking for more concrete information from the
president of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, said
the Washington-based trade group was still waiting for official
communication on the issue.
"Over the last week,
ISRI has received mixed information from various sources,
including CCIC NA, on this issue," she said. "In the absence of
transparency by the Chinese government, it is difficult to make
a definitive comment regarding any new policy."