China Refuses U.S. Electronic Trash

Customs officers said the addresses and telephone numbers on the shipping labels are phony.

by / September 26, 2002
BEIJING (AP) -- Bristling at being used as a dump for scrap electronics, China has moved to send back more than 400 tons of computers and office equipment that it said arrived from the United States and went unclaimed for more than two weeks.

Customs officers in Wenzhou, in eastern China's Zhejiang province, sent the 22 containers, each 40 feet long, away on a ship this week and said they want to make sure the shipment was returned to where it came from, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

"As the address and telephone number on the shipping bills are fake, we believe this is most likely a deliberate move to transfer electronic garbage," said one officer, quoted by Xinhua.

The containers, labeled "electronic products," arrived in Wenzhou on Sept. 11 from the United States, Xinhua said.

When nobody claimed them, customs officers opened the containers and found scrap computer monitors, keyboards, photo-copiers and color TV sets, Xinhua said. It said such items were both harmful and, under Chinese law, banned from entering the country.

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