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Uruguay: smuggling undermines fair competition

There has been no fundamental change in market conditions since the previous Mirror report. The scrap metals sector is continuing with its operations, but not at a rapid pace.

Despite Uruguay’s ministry of environment maintaining its push for companies to handle their material in line with prevailing legislation, illegal waste handling activities remain very powerful, mostly involving the smuggling of metal scrap into Brazil. As a result, companies which strive to comply with legislation have little chance of competing.

I was deeply impressed by the US Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries’ recent Convention & Exposition, which was staged in Las Vegas. As is the case with BIR Conventions too, what is particularly striking is the international nature of such events and the globality of our industry.