Further tightening of the import of scrap materials into China has been reported by the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR).
Exporters have seen regulatory changes this year as part of the Chinese Operation National Sword, which was heralded as a crackdown on illegal weapons and other imports but has included waste materials such as paper and plastics.
Now BIR has published information on its website for members: “According to our sources in China, there has been a temporary stop of certain scrap import approvals since 1 June 2017.”
It says a formal ban has not been announced but members who experience “import disruptions”, are urged to contact the bureau.
BIR says shipments authorised before 1 June will not be affected but the move relates to “waste, parings and scrap of plastics; other waste paper or paperboard, including unsorted waste and scrap; mixed waste metals; waste electric motors; waste wires”.
It points out that, throughout July, 60 inspection teams established by the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection will inspect and review all Chinese companies importing waste and scrap into China.
“BIR is closely monitoring the situation and will keep you informed on any further developments.”