National Sword 2017 – Update March 2017

National Sword 2017 – Update

by Dr. Steve Wong

The news released from General Administration of Customs (GAC) dated 7 March 2017 informs that “ The GAC, in collaboration with the environmental protection department, police and AQSIQ , will carry a joint action from March 1 to November 30 with the aim of strengthening their supervision and severely cracking down all illegal activities with regards to foreign waste”

Strenuous efforts will be spent towards the supervision of the complete flow of imported solid waste, from shipment, customs check and final recycling.  The Joint Task Group formed by the four departments will crackdown any suspected illegal activities found on any step from import up to the final recycling process.

The objective is

  • To thoroughly supervise the enterprises concerned and the materials held in stock
  • Through the joint action, effectively follow all leads, perform in-depth investigations towards the full chain of activities, and take immediate legal action against individual or entities breaking the law.
  • To identify high risk goods and enterprises for priority checking, conduct follow-up checks of those enlisted as high risk targets and penalize those convicted of not really doing recycling or supplying/possessing illegal goods

The joint task will

  • Crackdown of the smuggling of foreign waste  – industrial waste, E-waste, household waste and plastic waste, etc.;
  • Crackdown goods transportation channels, high-sea and non-customs point smuggling;
  • Closely cooperate with international law enforcement channels to strengthen the intelligence on foreign waste streams, and timely take out necessary joint actions.
  • Maintain a high profile and unrelenting stance in the crackdown of foreign waste smuggling.

Apparently, GAC has the intention to deter the smuggling of solid waste and mal-practice in foreign waste operations through their periodical news updates.

By Dr. Steve Wong
Executive President, CSPA
Chairman, Fukutomi Company Limited
Committee Member, Plastics Committee of BIR
Committee Member, WEEE Committee of BIR

8 March 2017


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