China: New Guidelines for Exporters and Suppliers

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Exporters and suppliers seeking to apply for export permits to ship scrap to China should be aware of new guidelines that go into effect February 1, 2018.

ISRI recently shared the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of China (AQSIQ) update, highlighting these major points:

  • Much of the qualifications remain the same, including ISO 9001 or RIOS, but applicants must also be able to achieve the environmental control standards (i.e., contaminants thresholds) and have radiation detection equipment at your facilities; 
  • China will maintain the double-inspection system before and after the material is shipped;
  • CCIC will no longer be the only approved pre-shipment inspection company. AQISQ lays out a process for third party inspection companies to apply for a license from AQSIQ to conduct pre-shipment inspections but is clear that no processors may conduct inspections. These companies will also share the liability in the event material that was approved before shipment is rejected on arrival at a Chinese port. We anticipate, however, that those applications will take time to process.

If your company falls into this category and you have additional questions, please contact us.

Chris Morse is our Recycling Insurance Lead. Connect with Chris.