CHINA STARTS NATIONAL SWORD CAMPAIGN TO TARGET ‘FOREIGN WASTE’ SMUGGLING
China has announced a year-long crackdown on the illegal smuggling of foreign waste, at the same time as it carries on its policy of not accepting legal shipments if they are too contaminated, sending 160 containers of contaminated paper recycling back to Ireland.
China’s General Administration of Customs announced the year-long ‘National Sword 2017’ campaign to cut the illegal smuggling of ‘foreign waste’ and other products including agricultural products, resource products, tax-related goods, drugs and guns earlier this month.
According to China’s Xinhua news agency, the department also said that it would target ‘industrial waste, electronic scrap and plastics’, as well as ‘gangs and well-organised operations acting illegally’.
Through the campaign, Chinese customs officials will strengthen their cooperation with local authorities as well as with relevant government departments and industry associations.