Aluminium Tariffs Adjusted to Curb Pollution

  • China
  • 07/20/2007
  • Xinhua News Agency

China will levy new export duties on certain aluminium products from August 1 in order to lower energy consumption and pollutant emissions, according to the Ministry of Finance (MOF).

A 15-percent export tariff will come into force on non-alloy aluminium rods and poles while the 5 percent import duty on electrolytic aluminum will be scrapped, the MOF announced on Thursday.

The MOF explained the move, saying it intended to “further restrict exports which were both high energy-consuming and polluting while inversely encouraging imports of raw materials”.

This is the latest measure taken by central authorities rein in rapid growth in the high energy-consuming and polluting industries, including metals. On August 1, resources taxes on lead, zinc, copper and tungsten ore will rise by three to 16 times.

The government has set itself the tough target of lowering energy consumption by 20 percent per unit of gross domestic product and major pollutant emissions by 10 percent by 2010.