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Kazakhstan intends to extend scrap export ban

The committee of industrial development in Kazakhstan plans to prolong a prohibition on foreign shipments of ferrous and non-ferrous metal scrap and wastes for another six months from 6 October.

But the proposal will first be open to public discussion until 5 October, the Metals Daily News service in Ukraine reported.

A six-month ban was imposed on 6 May to support Kazakhstan’s metallurgical enterprises to help ensure they have sufficient supplies of raw materials. The measure also covers used lead batteries, waste and scrap batteries, steel pipes and rails, as well as elements of railway track and rolling stock which were in use.

Meanwhile, production of non-processed aluminium and aluminium oxide in Kazakhstan was 1.1 Mt in the first eight months of the year, up 4.9% year-on-year, and 140,175 t in August (up 10.6% y/y), figures from the country’s statistics committee show.

Output of non-processed, non-alloyed refined copper was 318,769 t (up 22.4%) January-August, and 32,359 t in August (up 23.7%); non-processed zinc 187,530 t (down 2.3%) and 32,359 t (down 15.2%) respectively; and non-processed refined lead 77,077 t (up 11.9%) and 10,278 t (up 35.9%), the Trend news agency reported.

Production of other non-ferrous metals and products came to 29,486 t (up 12.7%) in the first seven months, and 2,887 t in August (down 38.7%).

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