China names more certified scrap metal suppliers and importers

BEIJING, Feb 26 (Reuters) - China’s metal recycling body on Friday issued a second list of 26 foreign suppliers that would be allowed to export copper and aluminium scrap to the country and 44 certified domestic importers.

The world’s top metals consumer had banned imports of solid waste from 2021 but gave the green light to high-grade metals scrap meeting new standards that had been reclassified as recycling resources.

The second batch of certified providers included U.S. companies Omnisource LLC and Golden Bridge International Group as well as suppliers from Italy, Britain, Japan, Malaysia, Hong Kong and other countries, according to the recycling branch of the China Nonferrous Metals Industry Association.

The importers in China are from 10 provinces including units of Tongling Nonferrous Metals Group Co Ltd and Ningbo Jintian Copper Group Co Ltd,

China had published a list of nine suppliers and 16 importers in December, which were certified and would find their cargoes clear customs faster.

Objections to any of the second batch of certified companies can be lodged up to March 2, the metals body said in a statement on its WeChat account.

China brought in 943,789 tonnes of copper scrap and 824,570 tonnes of aluminium scrap in 2020. (Reporting by Min Zhang and Shivani Singh Editing by David Goodman)