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Metal exporters given stay of execution

Scrap metal suppliers who wish to export to China have been given two more months to complete their registration documents.

AQSIQ the Chinese body which certifies the companies who are able to export to China announced last week that the deadline for the quarantine authorities to accept shipment inspection applications from unregistered scrap suppliers has been adjusted from November 1 to January 1, 2005.

After this date, all scrap shipment inspection requests by unregistered suppliers will not be accepted.

Those suppliers who have registered and been accepted by AQSIQ need to present their registration number when taking their inspection declaration as of January 1, 2005.

So far, 48 UK companies have received AQSIQ certification. Only around 50% of companies worldwide that have applied for certification have got it so far.

The application process is complicated and requires the completion of 17 documents as well as the meeting of Chinese environmental standards.

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