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Chinese Government Launches Campaign Against "Foreign Waste" Smuggling

China's Xinhua News Agency reports China's General Administration of Customs will launch a one-year campaign to crack down on illegal smuggling of "foreign waste," including industrial waste, electronic waste, household waste and plastic waste, according to the report.

The report says the crackdown is part of a larger initiative, translated as "National Sword 2017," which aims to curb what the government considers is a rise in smuggling of agricultural products, resource products, drugs, guns, and other illegal smuggling activities, in addition to scrap and waste. The report says the crackdown will specifically "target gangs and well-organized operations acting illegally."

ISRI staff is in the process of tracking down further information on this report to determine the impact on legitimate imports of scrap. For more information, contact ISRI Senior Director of Government Relations & International Affairs Adina Renee Adler.

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