China Considers Tightening Rare-Earth Quotas

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"China is considering tightening regulations on exports of rare-earth metals amid concerns that sharply higher global prices have led to a surge in smuggling."

The Wall Street Journal, Yajun Zhang

China is considering tightening regulations on exports of rare-earth metals amid concerns that sharply higher global prices have led to a surge in smuggling and the export of byproducts that aren't included in current limits.

Government officials and industry executives said they are discussing several measures, including a proposal to bring more byproducts under export limits and another to have separate quotas for light and heavy rare-earth metals. While prices have softened recently, this month's average price in China of eight rare-earth metals was up threefold from March. . . View full article

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