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China abolishes ban on silver concentrate ore imports, unwrought bismuth exports

Hong Kong — China has abolished its ban on imports of silver concentrate ore and its refined concentrates, as well as exports of unwrought bismuth effective November 10, the Ministry of Commerce said in a directive posted on its website Tuesday.

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MOC said the abolition is due to those products having complied with the country's industrial policy, do not belong to high-energy consuming and high polluting sectors, as well as having comparatively high technological content.

According to the directive, China has dropped its ban on the import and export of a total of 11 commodities.

They are: silver concentrate ore and its refined concentrate imports; exports of high purity unwrought bismuth, high purity unwrought bismuth scrap and powder, other unwrought bismuth, other unwrought bismuth scrap, other unwrought bismuth powder, methyl oxirane or propylene oxide produced through the direct oxidation process, other amino alcohol phenols and amino phenol, other vegetable coloring materials and products; as well as the import and export of polystyrene scrap.

After the revision, 1,862 commodities still fall under the import and export ban.

The ministry said both MOC and the General Administration of Customs will assess the production capacity and operation conditions of the processing trade enterprises, and prohibit outdated, non-standard conforming plants from carrying out import and export.

--Joshua Leung,
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