SMM News: China's scrap metal imports rose 5.3 percent in June from the previous month to 400000 tons, the highest monthly level since December, according to data released by the State Administration of Customs on Tuesday.
Imports of scrap metals increased by 1.2 per cent in June over the same period last year.
On December 25 last year, the Ministry of Ecological Environment, the Ministry of Commerce, the National Development and Reform Commission, and the General Administration of Customs issued notice No. 68, further adjusting the catalogue of imported solid waste Management.
Eight varieties of solid waste, such as scrap iron and steel, copper scrap and aluminum scrap, have been transferred from the catalogue of unrestricted imported solid wastes that can be used as raw materials to the catalogue of restricted imported solid wastes that can be used as raw materials, which will come into effect on July 1, 2019. This was also the reason for the increase in imports in June before the rules came into effect.
Data show that China imported 1.86 million tons of scrap metal from January to June 2019, down 34.9 percent from a year earlier, reflecting China's efforts to crack down on solid waste imports to protect the environment.
China imported 170000 tons of scrap copper in June, down 15.8% from a year earlier, but flat from May. China imported 850000 tons of scrap copper in January-June, down 25.8 per cent from a year earlier.
China imported 180000 tons of waste aluminum in June, an increase of 66.2 percent over the same period last year. China's imports of waste aluminum from January to June were 840000 tons, a small increase of 0.1 percent from the same period last year.
Meanwhile, China imported 50,000 tons of alumina in June, up 4.6 per cent from the same period last year.
In the first half of this year, China imported 320000 tons of alumina, down 9.5 per cent from the same period last year.
The figures also show that China exported 3757 tons of alumina in June, down almost half from 7536 tons in May.
Import and export data are as follows (in tons)
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