The China Nonferrous Metals Industry Association (CMRA) has urged shipping companies to continue shipping copper and aluminium scrap into China. New standards for high-grade copper and aluminium scrap came into place in July, however, the guidance on its implementation is yet to be made.
After the new solid waste regulations came into force in September, several offshore shipping companies started refusing export orders to China fearing action by Chinese authorities.
Shipping firm including A.P. Moller, Maersk stopped accepting shipments bound for China and Hong Kong from September.
CMRA’s statement issued on Tuesday said that if the situation continues, several secondary manufacturers will face a raw material shortage.
Chinese authorities issued the tenth batch of metal scrap import quotas in July end. China has approved an metallic scrap import quota of 15,190mt in the tenth batch.