Latest News:  
Beijing   Sunny/Cloudy    13 / 1 ℃  City Forecast


Smuggling blights rare earths industry

By Zhang Yan and Wang Qian (China Daily)

08:19, December 10, 2012

The smuggling of mineral resources out of China, especially rare earths, continues to increase, a senior official from the General Administration of Customs said.

The minerals are mainly smuggled to neighboring countries such as Japan and the Republic of Korea, Chen Jianxin, deputy director of the administration's anti-smuggling bureau, recently told China Daily.

Chen said the huge demand from foreign markets and China's high customs duties for rare earths are the main reasons behind the rise in smuggling.

He declined to disclose the latest statistics on the smuggling, but China's first white paper on the rare earths industry, released by the State Council in June, paints a grim picture.

The report said that in 2011, the amount of rare earths smuggled out of China was 20 percent higher than the amount of products that legally left the country.

According to customs, Chinay exported about 18,600 tons of rare earths products in 2011, accounting for 61 percent of the rare earths export quota of 30,184 metric tons released by the Ministry of Commerce for 2011.

At the same time, more than 21,000 tons were smuggled out, according to the report.

Of the estimated 21,000 tons, only eight cases involving 769 tons of the minerals were detected as part of a campaign to crack down on rare earths smuggling, according to customs.

China holds about 23 percent of the world's rare earths deposits, but accounts for more than 90 percent of the global supply. The term rare earths refers to 17 minerals that are used in high-tech devices such as batteries, wind turbines, cellphones and even missile guidance systems.

【1】 【2】

We recommend:

'Boeing Dreamliner riddled with errors

HK tops China City Competitiveness Ranking

China's electric rail mileage ranked world's first

10th China Int'l Automobile Exhibition concludes

Harbin-Dalian high-speed railway starts operation

New wave of communication tools

Alibaba's 2012 transaction volume hits 1 trln yuan

China's savings rate world's highest

Shanghai Center Tower to rise over 400m


Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name


Selections for you

  1. China, Belarus hold joint anti-terrorism drill

  2. Joint search and rescue exercise held

  3. Cities with highest life quality in the world

  4. Photos: China in 1942, a real history

  5. 'Devil' foreign instructors

  6. iPhone 5 launch event held in Seoul

  7. Who is the richest Chinese writer in 2012?

  8. Why US meddles in Diaoyu Islands issue?

Most Popular


  1. Stock market needs regulation, not promotion
  2. BRICS economies are not fading
  3. Debate over gaokao policy heats up
  4. A survey on lunch in Beijing's primary schools
  5. China on course for stable growth: JP Morgan
  6. School needs be responsible for teachers' behaviors
  7. Big burden seen in 'irrational' property tax
  8. Confidence rises for China-Africa co-operation
  9. What has 'Taobao Culture' brought us?
  10. Telecommuters challenge workplace norms

What’s happening in China

'Devil' foreign instructors at Chinese bodyguard training camp

  1. Blizzard to hit coastal Shandong
  2. Web China: "Top 10 concerns" survey
  3. Natural disasters impact 1.76 mln Chinese in Nov.
  4. 8 officials suspended over mine accident
  5. Police to minimize traffic controls for officials' trips