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Exporters warned of theft at Chinese port complex

Robert Stein, the president of the non-ferrous division at the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR), has warned members of exporting to the port complex of Zhaoqin in China.

Speaking at the BIR World Recycling Convention in Paris, Stein told delegates that the Zhaoqin port complex had “recently become notorious for container break-ins” as containers are held in bond before being transported to scrap dealers.

He said that break-ins were occurring at the Sihui/Mafang terminals where only vehicles approved by customs authorities were allowed to move containers from the port to the scrap dealers.

“It would seem that law enforcement would have a limited number of suspects to investigate and putting a stop to these thefts would be easy, but not much is being done apparently,” he said.

Stein urged BIR members to book exports to different Chinese ports and put commercial pressure on shipping lines to step in and help solve the situation.

He said: “One of the problems that can be overcome by our members is willingness to share all pertinent information regarding shipments from which container security has been violated. Yet there seems reluctance among many shippers to divulge this information, even with the understanding that it is held in the strictest of confidence.”

Stein added that sharing of information on container break-ins would help international bodies find a way to “put an end to the plague”.

He has now stepped down from the position of BIR division president to follow some new projects at his company, US-based Alter Trading.

David Chiao, BIR non-ferrous senior vice-president, has taken up the role until a new president is elected at the next BIR convention in May 2015.

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