Category Archives: Market Conditions

Market Continues to be Affected by National Sword Effort

Every container entering China is now being inspected by the Chinese customs authorities using x-ray machines. These inspections are causing longer shipping times. Ports without an x-ray machine are advised to open each container for examination. Ports without the proper resources for these inspections are being closed.  In order to validate their weight, containers will…
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National Sword Update

China is three weeks into their recent crackdown on scrap material imports known in English as “National Sword 2017”. Through this effort, China has exposed smuggling operations which has led to dozens of arrests. In addition, China has confiscated more than 22,000 tons of material. National Sword 2017 is being viewed as an updated version…
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“National Sword”: China Cracks Down on Scrap Plastic Imports

China is continuing their crackdown on foreign waste with a newly announced campaign known as “National Sword 2017”, targeting plastics, industrial waste, electronics, and other household waste materials. The primary named goal is to monitor organized crime such as the smuggling of guns and illegal drugs. The new campaign was launched during a meeting in…
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