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 exported scrap.
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 past.
"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.
Scrap exporters, however, are looking for more concrete information from the agency.
Robin Wiener, 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."