China suspends imports of US non-ferrous scrap

US non-ferrous scrap exports to China have been brought to a screeching halt on news that the Chinese government has implemented a 30-day suspension on its North America customs inspections division.

The inspection operations of Chinese Certification and Inspection Group (CCIC) North America will be curtailed from Friday May 4 through June 4, US exporters have confirmed to American Metal Market. While details are still unclear, shipments of all grades of non-ferrous scrap have frozen for now, sources said. The suspension effectively freezes all non-ferrous scrap shipments from the United States to China, sources said, because that group was responsible for pre-shipment inspections and certificates to ship material into the country. American Metal Market could not immediately confirm whether the temporary suspension...


Bradley MacAulay

May 04, 2018

02:25 GMT