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China aims to grant scrap import licences, quotas by end-June

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China aims to grant scrap import licences, quotas by end-June
FILE PHOTO: A worker dismantles electronic waste at the government-sponsored recycling park in the township of Guiyu, Guangdong Province, China January 12, 2018. REUTERS/Aly Song   -   Copyright  ALY SONG(Reuters)
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BEIJING (Reuters) – China aims to grant import licences and a first batch of import quotas for soon-to-be restricted scrap metal by the end of June, an environment ministry spokesman said on Wednesday.

China will from July 1 restrict imports of high-grade Category 6 copper scrap, as well as aluminium and steel scrap, an extension of an earlier ban that started this year on Category 7 scrap, which has less metal content.

“The Ministry of Ecology and Environment has been carrying out inspections on scrap metals importers and processing companies,” said spokesman Liu Youbin, adding that the ministry would not accept applications from companies that had violated rules.

(Reporting by Muyu Xu and Shivani Singh; Editing by Joseph Radford)

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