China approves import quotas for another 10,110 T of copper scrap

China also approves 1,110 T of aluminium scrap imports

  
Image used for illustrative purpose. A worker checks copper rods at Truong Phu cable factory in northern Hai Duong province, outside Hanoi, Vietnam August 11, 2017.

Image used for illustrative purpose. A worker checks copper rods at Truong Phu cable factory in northern Hai Duong province, outside Hanoi, Vietnam August 11, 2017.

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BEIJING - China has granted import quotas of another 10,110 tonnes of high-grade copper scrap and 1,110 tonnes of aluminium scrap for 2020, according to a notice on the website of China Solid Waste and Chemicals Management Bureau.

The bureau, part of China's Ministry of Ecology and Environment, also approved imports of 3,970 tonnes of steel scrap, according to the notice dated July 24.

China, the world's biggest metals consumer, has been restricting scrap shipments as part of a crackdown on foreign waste and has pledged to cut imports of solid waste to zero by end-2020.

The world's top container shipping firm, Denmark's A.P. Moller-Maersk , said last week it would stop accepting solid waste shipments bound for mainland China and Hong Kong from September.

High-quality copper and aluminium scrap meeting new standards effective from July 1 have been reclassified as a recycling resource, however, and will be able to enter China.

China has so far approved 2020 import quotas for 728,610 tonnes of copper scrap, 694,769 tonnes of aluminium scrap and 20,500 tonnes of steel scrap, Reuters calculations show.

(Reporting by Min Zhang and Tom Daly; Editing by Tom Hogue) ((min.zhang@thomsonreuters.com; (8610) 5669-2105;))


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