APRIL 2012

BIR inquires about thefts

For a copy of the BIR letter to member companies and related questionnaire, download the pdf at this link.

The Bureau of International Recyclers has been receiving information on a sharp increase in material thefts from containers shipped overseas.

While not geographically unique, the situation appears to be particularly noteworthy in China and more specifically in the southern part of the country.

To tackle this issue, the BIR Secretariat – on behalf of its nonferrous division – is asking all BIR member companies to complete a short questionnaire in order to confidentially collect information detailing the quantity and value of stolen materials, the ports, the shipping lines, the nature of thefts, etc.

In order to assist its membership, further actions will be taken at the ICC level with the Commercial Crime Services and International Maritime Bureau and by other official authorities should the BIR Secretariat receive sufficient evidence from its member companies.