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Kazakhstan extends scrap export ban

The government of Kazakhstan has announced it will prolong prohibition of foreign shipments of ferrous and non-ferrous scrap metals for six months from 7 November.

First introduced in Q2 two years ago, the measure is intended to alleviate a domestic shortage of the feedstock material and combat illegal circulation of scrap metal.

The restrictions apply to most ferrous metals plus scrap copper, aluminium, lead and spent lead batteries.

However, the ban will not apply to shipments to Russia, the main buyer of Kazakh scrap metal, because both countries are members of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), Metal Daily News of Ukraine reported.

January-August scrap metal exports this year amounted to 25,000 t, down from 125,000 t from the corresponding period of 2021 and 1 Mt in 2019.

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