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China extends deadline for premium copper and aluminium scrap

China’s non-ferrous metals recycling body is giving companies until the end of the year to become certified suppliers or importers of high-grade copper and aluminium scrap.

The China Nonferrous Metals Industry Association’s recycling branch (CMRA) originally gave new overseas suppliers and domestic buyers of copper and aluminium scrap 20 working days to apply for free certification. On Wednesday, it says that ‘after careful consideration’ it was best to extend the deadline. Submissions are now open until December 31.

China is said to be planning an overall ban on foreign waste imports before the end of 2020. As a result of intense lobbying by the nation’s recyclers high-grade copper and aluminium scrap meeting new standards will be exempted from the ban.

The new standards were meant to be implemented on July 1. However, the process for importing secondary raw material has yet to be fully clarified.

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