BIR 2021: Malaysia to reject low-grade copper, aluminum scrap under proposed guideline

Major non-ferrous scrap products such as insulated copper wire (ICW) and zorba will not be able to enter Malaysia under a newly proposed import guideline, an industry body said at the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) Convention 2021 on Wednesday June 2.

“Existing secondary investment will go down the drain if this guideline comes into force,” Eric Tan, president of the Malaysia Non-Ferrous Metals Association, said. “As you may know, plastic recycling capacity has been well established here for two years.”
The Southeast Asian country has been fighting in recent years to avoid becoming a dumping ground for scrap rejected by China and to move up the recycling value chain. In February this year, the Malaysian government proposed raising the import barriers for various kinds of scrap metal, including pre-shipment and on-port inspections, as well as imposing a stringent impurities threshold.

“We do not know why there is a need to have both inspections,”...

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Julian Luk

June 02, 2021

19:22 GMT

London