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China cracks down on garbage smuggling

CHINA'S Customs authority said in Beijing yesterday that all solid waste imported from overseas would undergo electronic inspections to prevent garbage smuggling.

China allows the imports of some types of recyclable waste that can be remade into raw material.

However, some trash, like electronic gadgets, home appliances and medical equipment, are banned from entry.

The General Administration of Customs said all waste imports would undergo manual inspection if illegal material was detected by the electronic scanning.

Customs offices not equipped with electronic detecting facilities should enforce manual inspections on all imported goods, it said.

Those who fail to honestly declare their imports face penalties.

Smuggling of old wire, electricity meters and circuit boards into China has been on the rise in recent years.


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