Chinas General Administration of Customs has officially
announced the continuation of initiatives designed to reduce
imports of hazardous materials, according to the China
Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Association Reused and
Recycling Branch (CIQAR).
In addition to
"Operation Green Fence," started in February, Chinese customs
officials and inspectors from China Certification &
Inspection Co. Ltd. (CCIC) also have been notified of "Earth
GoddessPhase III," an action focused on combating the
smuggling of hazardous waste imports from Europe and North
In an Oct. 15 e-mail
to shippers, CIQAR described the new initiative as an
"extension of Green Fence (that will) be carried
out from Oct. 7 to the end of November and focus on combating
the illegal behavior of smuggling hazardous waste."
While the distinction
between the two initiatives remains unclear, several importers
said the Chinese government is trying to reduce illegal and
here is that this action seems to target illegal smuggling as
opposed to banned substances in scrap shipments," one importer
told AMM. "Basically, they are trying to make things
even stricter than they already are."
regime is attempting to establish a framework that resembles
those in the United States and other nations that consistently
employ strict oversight and regulation of imports of hazardous
materials, shippers said.
"This reiterates that
China has a long-term intention of intercepting shipments that
dont meet its standards for imports of hazardous waste
and material that is not compliant with environmental
initiatives," Robert Stein, president of the Bureau of
International Recyclings nonferrous division, told
Others said that
Chinas ongoing reforms present serious logistics
problems, largely because of notification issues.
"We tend to get this
news really late," a second shipper said. "According to CIQAR,
Earth Goddess has been going on since Oct. 7. How
come we are only receiving information now, a week after the
fact? We need to know about these things before they go into
to enforce stricter regulations on scrap imports will be the
primary topic of discussion Nov. 5 at the China International
Scrap Conference in Ningbo, China, CIQAR said.