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China Amends Inspections Rules for Imported Iron Ore

Steel News - Published on Thu, 21 May 2020

Image Source: China Iron Ore Import
China's General Administration of Customs said that it will streamline the inspection procedure for imported iron ore at Chinese ports to facilitate trade. Iron ore imports into the country currently require a Chinese inspection and quarantine CIQ certificate. New procedures from 1 June will allow importers .and agents without a CIQ certificate to apply for an inspection by customs. Customs will carry out on-site sampling and laboratory testing and issue the CIQ certificate after the cargoes pass on-site inspection. Customs will directly release iron ore cargoes that already have a CIQ certificate, but they will still have to go through the usual on-site inspection that includes radioactive detection, quarantine treatment of foreign inclusions and investigation of suspected or adulterated solid waste.

The new procedures come as the spread of Covid-19 tightens seaborne iron ore supply and trade tensions heat up between China and Australia. In 2019, China imported 1.07 billion tonnes of iron ore, with 665 million tonnes coming from Australia and 229 million tonnes from Brazil

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Thu, 21 May 2020
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