In an article published by Argus Media, China’s State Administration for Market Regulation has released a document requesting feedback on proposed ferrous and stainless scrap import standards, meaning that if these regulations are put in place, any unprocessed scrap will not be permitted for import.
The Chinese government stated that the new standards will categorise scrap into six groups: heavy recycling steel material, medium recycling steel material, small recycling material, shredded recycling steel material, bundled recycling steel material and stainless recycling steel material. Each group is subdivided into two to four classifications according to physical specifications and processing methods.
According to the writer, Chi Hin Ling, specifications in the new standards do not follow the Chinese domestic market standards set by the State Administration for Market Regulation. The new import standards will allow some scrap with length no longer than 1.5m while the Chinese domestic market standards require length no longer than 1m. The guidelines that typically govern the Turkish deep-sea import market, which is set by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), require HMS 1/2 to not exceed 60 x 24 inches (152.4cm x 60.96cm).
This feedback procedure is one of the final and most significant steps before China issues custom codes and allows imports of ferrous and stainless scrap that falls within the new standards. If the timeline for the ferrous standards mirrors that taken between the time it took China to reclassify non-ferrous scrap as recycling material and launch the new import policy, then China would potentially allow ferrous scrap imports in the final quarter of 2021.