NEW YORK A
growing number of U.S. scrap exporters have expressed confusion
and frustration over stepped-up inspection procedures put in
place by China Certification & Inspection Co. Ltd.
The agency, which
describes itself as an impartial, third-party "trade-service
enterprise specializing in survey and inspection," is largely
responsible for enforcing the regulations set forth in
Chinas "Operation Green Fence," a program designed to cut
down on imports of banned substances.
The problem isnt
with Chinas new environmental initiatives, but with the
constantly changing enforcement of regulations, exporters
"They (CCIC) are
making up these rules as they go along," one exporter told
AMM, noting that CCIC executives at the beginning of
August began increasing oversight on shipments of scrap and
requesting detailed photos of containers. "If you fail to take
all of the appropriate photos, they will deny paperwork, which
will lead to the load getting rejected at port."
Shippers had been
allowed some leniency prior to August if container photos were
omitted from the pre-load inspection package. Now, CCIC has
begun to actively enforce a clause in the existing regulations
requiring exporters to provide pictures of the empty container
prior to loading, the container with half of the material
inside, the container with two-thirds the material inside and
multiple pictures of the fully loaded container showing
container doors open and closed. The regulation also mandates
that shippers provide two additional photographs of material
shipped in boxes or supersacks.
Recent dealings with
CCIC have been difficult to navigate, a second exporter said.
"If they are missing anything or need additional information,
CCIC can refuse to send the original shipping certificate,
which will cause the load to get rejected in China."
If a mistake is found
or a photo omitted, a letter of guarantee is no longer
sufficient evidence to ensure acceptance at the port, the
second exporter added. "They are really cracking down on these
rules and its making things extra difficult," he
CCICs U.S. headquarters in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.,
declined to comment on any changes to enforcement procedures on
imports of scrap.
A third exporter
explained that he was in favor of environmental crackdowns in
China, but was bothered by the "fire alarm system" used to
enforce the policies. "China used to be the Wild West and
people would get away with all kinds of things," he said. "But
any country that has an industrial infrastructure has to use a
set of rules by which to play."
China has yet to
establish a proper system for enforcing those rules, he
The best way to
establish a strong relationship with CCIC and its inspectors is
to simply comply with every rule, several shippers said.
"I already know that
CCIC is not to be trifled with," a fourth exporter said.
"Basically, we make sure not to mess with them."