Posted on 17/11/2017 in category Legislation

WTO Notifications by China and their respective Standards

Following-up on yesterday's BIR News item we herewith provide links to the WTO Notifications and their respective Standards, wherein the “other wastes” contaminant thresholds are set.

Notifications by China to the WTO:

G/TBT/N/CHN/1224 of 15 November 2017 concerning "Smelt Slag" HS: 2618, 2619; ICS: 13.030.50. Granulated slag (slag sand) from the manufacture of iron or steel. (HS 2618), Slag, dross (other than granulated slag), scalings and other waste from the manufacture of iron or steel. (HS 2619). Recycling (ICS 13.030.50).

G/TBT/N/CHN/1225 of 15 November 2017 concerning "Waste and scrap of paper or paperboard" HS:4707; ICS: 13.030.50. Recovered (waste and scrap) paper or paperboard. (HS 4707). Recycling (ICS 13.030.50).

G/TBT/N/CHN/1226 of 15 November 2017 concerning "Wood and Wood Articles Wastes" HS: 4401, 4501; ICS: 13.030.50. Fuel wood, in logs, in billets, in twigs, in faggots or in similar forms; wood in chips or particles; sawdust and wood waste and scrap, whether or not agglomerated in logs, briquettes, pellets or similar forms. (HS 4401), Natural cork, raw or simply prepared; waste cork; crushed, granulated or ground cork. (HS 4501). Recycling (ICS 13.030.50).

G/TBT/N/CHN/1227 of 15 November 2017 concerning "Waste and scrap of iron and steel" HS: 7204; ICS: 13.030.50. Ferrous waste and scrap; remelting scrap ingots of iron or steel. (HS 7204). Recycling (ICS 13.030.50).

G/TBT/N/CHN/1228 of 15 November 2017 concerning "Waste Nonferrous Metal" HS: 7112, 7404, 7503, 7602, 7902, 8002, 8103, 8101, 8104, 8106, 8108, 8109, 8112, 8113; ICS: 13.030.50. Waste and scrap of precious metal or of metal clad with precious metal; other waste and scrap containing precious metal or precious metal compounds, of a kind used principally for the recovery of precious metal. (HS 7112), Copper waste and scrap. (HS 7404), Nickel waste and scrap. (HS 7503), Aluminium waste and scrap. (HS 7602), Zinc waste and scrap. (HS 7902), Tin waste and scrap. (HS 8002), Tungsten (wolfram) and articles thereof, including waste and scrap. (HS 8101), Tantalum and articles thereof, including waste and scrap. (HS 8103), Magnesium and articles thereof, including waste and scrap. (HS 8104), Bismuth and articles thereof, including waste and scrap. (HS 8106), Titanium and articles thereof, including waste and scrap. (HS 8108), Zirconium and articles thereof, including waste and scrap. (HS 8109), Beryllium, chromium, germanium, vanadium, gallium, hafnium, indium, niobium (columbium), rhenium and thallium, and articles of these metals, including waste and scrap. (HS 8112), Cermets and articles thereof, including waste and scrap. (HS 8113). Recycling (ICS 13.030.50).

G/TBT/N/CHN/1229 of 15 November 2017 concerning "Waste Electric Motors" HS: 7404; ICS: 13.030.50. "Copper waste and scrap". (HS 7404). Recycling (ICS 13.030.50).

G/TBT/N/CHN/1230 of 15 November 2017 concerning "Waste wires and cables" HS: 7404, 7602; ICS: 13.030.50. Copper waste and scrap. (HS 7404), Aluminum waste and scrap. (HS 7602). Recycling (ICS 13.030.50).

G/TBT/N/CHN/1231 of 15 November 2017 concerning "Metal and Electrical Appliance Scraps" HS: 7204, 7404, 7602; ICS: 13.030.50. Ferrous waste and scrap; remelting scrap ingots of iron or steel. (HS 7204), Copper waste and scrap. (HS 7404), Aluminium waste and scrap. (HS 7602). Recycling (ICS 13.030.50).

G/TBT/N/CHN/1232 of 15 November 2017 concerning "Vessels and Other Floating Structures for Breaking up" HS: 8908; ICS: 13.030.50. Vessels and other floating structures for breaking up (scrapping). (HS 8908). Recycling (ICS 13.030.50).

G/TBT/N/CHN/1233 of 15 November 2017 concerning "Waste and scrap of plastics" HS: 3915; ICS: 13.030.50. Waste, parings and scrap, of plastics. (HS 3915). Recycling (ICS 13.030.50).

G/TBT/N/CHN/1234 of 15 November 2017 concerning "Compressed Piece of Scrap Automobile" HS: 7204; ICS: 13.030.50. Ferrous waste and scrap; remelting scrap ingots of iron or steel. (HS 7204). Recycling (ICS 13.030.50).

Environmental protection control standards for imported solid wastes as raw materials accompanying the notifications by China to the WTO:

GB 16487.2—201x entitled "Smelt slag"

for the contamination threshold q.v. paragraph 4.4 In addition to the wastes listed in the preceding articles, other inclusions (including wood waste, waste paper, waste plastics, waste Rubber, waste glass and other waste) mixed, the total weight should not exceed 0.5% by weight of imported smelting slag.

GB 16487.3—201x entitled "Wood and wood articles wastes"

for the contamination threshold q.v. paragraph 4.4 In addition to the wastes listed in the preceding articles, other inclusions (including scrap metal, waste paper, plastic waste, waste glass, waste rubber, waste such as decayed wood) should be limited to a total weight of not more than Import 0.5% by weight of wood waste.

GB 16487.4—201x entitled "Waste and scrap of paper or paperboard" (Chinese version)
GB 16487.4—201x entitled "Waste and scrap of paper or paperboard" (English version)

for the contamination threshold q.v. paragraph 4.4 In addition to the wastes listed in the preceding articles, other carried-wastes (including wood waste, scrap metal, waste glass, waste plastics, waste rubber, waste textiles, waste absorbents, aluminium-plastic composite packaging, thermosensitive paper, asphalt-coated moisture-proof paper, self-adhesive paper, wallpaper, waxed paper, oiled paper, impregnated paper, silicone oil paper, carbon paper and other wastes) should not exceed 0.5% of the total weight of the imported waste paper.

GB 16487.6—201x entitled "Waste and scrap of iron and steel" (Chinese version)
GB 16487.6—201x entitled "Waste and scrap of iron and steel" (English version)

for the contamination threshold q.v. paragraph 4.4 In addition to the wastes listed in the above articles, other inclusions (including wood waste, waste paper, waste glass, waste plastics, waste rubber, waste textiles, powder materials with a particle size of not more than 2 mm, stripping rust etc.), the total weight shall not exceed 0.5% of the weight of the imported waste and scrap of iron and steel. The inclusions and contaminants (ash, dust, sludge, metal oxides, etc.) the total weight should not exceed 0.1% of the total weight of the imported waste and scrap of iron and steel (except those meeting the requirements of 4.3).

GB 16487.7—201x entitled "Nonferrous metal scraps" (Chinese version)
GB 16487.7—201x entitled "Nonferrous metal scraps" (English version)

for the contamination threshold q.v. paragraph 4.4 In addition to the wastes listed in the preceding paragraphs, mixing of non-ferrous metals with other inclusions (including wood waste, waste paper, waste plastics, waste rubber, waste glass, and powder with a particle size of not more than 2 mm) should be restricted and should not exceed 1% of the total weight of the imported waste non-ferrous metals. Of which the total amount of powder (such as dust, sludge, salt crystals, metal oxide, and fibres) should not exceed 0.1% of the total weight of imported nonferrous metals (except those meeting the requirements of Article 4.3).

GB 16487.8—201x entitled "Waste electric motors"

for the contamination threshold q.v. paragraph 4.4 In addition to the wastes listed in the preceding articles, other inclusions (including waste wood, waste paper, waste fibers, waste glass, Waste plastics, waste rubber and other waste) mixed, the total weight should not exceed 0.5% of the weight of imported waste electrical motors.

GB 16487.9—201x entitled "Waste wires and cables"

for the contamination threshold q.v. paragraph 4.4 In addition to the wastes listed in the above articles, other inclusions (including waste paper, wood waste, waste glass and other waste) mixed, the total weight should not exceed 0.5% by weight of imported waste wires and cables.

GB 16487.10—201x entitled "Metal and electrical appliance scraps"

for the contamination threshold q.v. paragraph 4.4 In addition to the wastes listed in the above articles, other inclusions (including wood waste, waste paper, plastic waste, waste rubber, waste glass and waste such as electrical products banned by the State and other waste) the total weight should not exceed 0.5% of the weight of imported metal and electrical appliance scraps.

GB 16487.11—201x entitled "Vessels and other floating structures for breaking up"

for the contamination threshold q.v. paragraph  4.4, 4.5 and 4.6 reads as "In addition to the carried wastes listed in the above articles, the mixture of other wastes should be limited in the imported vessels, the total weight should not exceed 0.05% of its light tonnage.

GB 16487.12—201x entitled "Waste and scrap of plastics" (Chinese version)
GB 16487.12—201x entitled "Waste and scrap of plastics" (English version)

for the contamination threshold q.v. paragraph 4.4 In addition to the wastes listed in the preceding articles, other inclusions (including waste paper, waste wood, scrap metal, waste glass, waste rubber / scrap tires, thermosetting plastics, other metal-containing plastics, Uncompressed waste foam plastics and other waste) mixed, the total weight should not exceed 0.5% by weight of imported waste and scrap of plastics.

GB 16487.13—201x entitled "compressed piece of scrap automobile"

for the contamination threshold q.v. paragraph 4.4 the following parts should be dismantled before compressing scrap automobiles: tires, seats, cushions and other non-metallic materials, and the total weight of carried wastes should not exceed 0.3% of the compressed scrap automobile.

Warning:

1. Whilst the Chinese text may be taken as authoritative, it is awaiting finalisation, furthermore users should be aware that there are no official translations of these National Standards of the People's Republic of China by either the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) or by the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ).

2. The quoted proposed contamination thresholds shown here are the significantly “big numbers” however the standard include additional quality requirements.